INDIANAPOLIS - The Society of Professional Journalists is asking FBI Director Louis Freeh today to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action against agents in Idaho who posed as reporters. “Morally and legally what the FBI did was just plain wrong,” wrote Kyle Elyse Niederpruem, president of the nation’s largest journalism organization and an assistant city editor at The Indianapolis Star. The agents were “uncovered” by real journalists covering the civil trial of Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler. According to news accounts, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger admitted he initially directed seven agents to obtain media passes so they could blend in better with photographers covering the trial. The credentials apparently were yanked after area reporters complained to the sheriff.
Description:A press release from the Society of Professional Journalists calling for the investigation of FBI agents who posed as journalist. Also contains two letters to Louis Freeh, the then FBI director from national and regional leaders of the SPJ.
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