McClatchy News Asks If US Spied On Their Reporter

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It's not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner. (Photo Illustration by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

It’s not just the federal government intercepting your communications. It could be a nosy relative or jealous partner. (Photo Illustration by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The McClatchy news organization is asking Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about allegations U.S. intelligence agencies monitored cellphone calls between a McClatchy freelance reporter and his sources in Afghanistan.

In a letter to Clapper on Tuesday, Anders Gyllenhaal, McClatchy’s vice president of news, and Karole Morgan-Prager, vice president, corporate development and general counsel, called the allegations of U.S. intelligence agencies helping to target a journalist working for a U.S. news organization “disturbing.”

They asked Clapper whether any U.S. intelligence agencies helped in the “collection, use or analysis” of any metadata from McClatchy freelancer Jon Stephenson’s cellphone while he worked in Afghanistan last year.

Stephenson has claimed his reporting was monitored by the U.S. intelligence programs revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden on behalf of New Zealand’s military.

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