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IG Report: Some FBI Employees in Bed With the Media

The inspector general revealed that a number of FBI employees accepted gifts from journalists and media personnel.

By NTK Staff | 06.15.2018 @4:00pm
IG Report: Some FBI Employees in Bed With the Media

The Inspector General report on the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election, released Thursday, revealed that a number of FBI officials received and accepted tickets, invitations to golf outings, and meals from members of the media.

As the report notes, “FBI policy strictly limits the employees who are authorized to speak to the media.” But, the inspector general says, FBI officials have “widely ignored” that rule.

In fact so many FBI employees were having conversations with the media that the inspector general could not identify the sources of leaks. But perhaps the most disturbing, ‘swampy’ feature of the report was the gifts and social interactions journalists offered to FBI agents:

We identified instances where FBI employees received tickets to sporting events from journalists, went on golfing outings with media representatives, were treated to drinks and meals after work by reporters, and were the guests of journalists at nonpublic social events.

Last week, The New York Times revealed that one of its journalists was sleeping with a major leaker of national security information.

It appears that the Times story was the tip of the iceberg in the relationship between journalists and leakers.

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