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FBI Director Admits Agency Snooped on Reporter Phone Calls, Apologizes

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FBI Director Robert S. Mueller disclosed that his agency had improperly obtained phone records of reporters for the New York Times and the Washington Post as part of an unspecified national security investigation four years ago. Justice Department rules prohibit such action without approval of a deputy AG. Mueller disclosed the breach in phone calls to editors of the two newspapers in which he apologized for the actions. (8/12/08)