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FBI Seeking Reporters' Notes

The FBI says it will soon demand reporters’ notes in its attempts to nail the so-called Homeless Hacker, Adrian Lamo. On Friday, FBI agent Christine Howard told a Wired News reporter to expect a federal order to surrender all notes related to Lamo. In March 2002, Wired News published a profile of the 22-year-old Lamo from Sacramento, California, who has been charged with multiple computer crimes, including breaking into The New York Times intranet. “All reporters who spoke with Lamo” should expect similar calls from the bureau in the days to come, said Howard, who is assigned to the Cybercrime Task Force in the FBI’s New York field office. The FBI was seeking Department of Justice approval to subpoena journalists’ records concerning Lamo. Once the go-ahead was given, she said, “you’re going to have to turn it all over.” Lamo’s involvement with members of the press is a key component of the government’s complaint against the alleged hacker, filed last week in a New York City federal court. Full Story

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