The New York Times has published privileged information from Project Veritas amid a defamation lawsuit. The information is speculated to be leaked from phones seized in the FBI raids on PV journalists this week. The feature is titled ‘Project Veritas and the Line Between Journalism and Political Spying,’ with subtext that reads, “Documents show how the conservative group worked with lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices could go before running afoul of federal laws.”
Within an hour of the raids, which were conducted over a diary allegedly written by Ashley Biden, the journalists targeted had been contacted by NYT reporters. There is now speculation of a leak and backchannel between the paper and the FBI or U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York that is responsible for the raids.
Though PV did not publish on the diary and turned over the copy they had to law enforcement, O’Keefe and his organization are now embroiled in a legal battle to defend the rights of journalists everywhere. “If they can do this to a reporter for [the] routine act of getting sent source material (and not publishing it), they can do it to anyone,” O’Keefe said. “I’m calling on all journalists to take a stand against this.”
Civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon, who is on O’Keefe’s legal team, joined Tucker Carlson Thursday to say:
“I can’t say with a certainty how the New York Times got this information, but I can say that they got it in a way that was illegal and unethical.
What we have right now is a very disturbing situation of the U.S.