The AP (Temporarily) Holds a Big Story

Friday, May 11, 2012

Transcript

Early this week, the Associated Press broke the story that the US government had stymied an attempt by a Yemini Al-Qaeda group to blow-up a US bound plane. It was a huge scoop, but at the government’s request the AP sat on the story for several days. Bob speaks with AP reporter Matt Apuzzo about the decision to hold the story, and the decision to publish it.


Guests:

Matt Apuzzo

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [3]

Andrew Szmelter from Folkestone, Kent, UK

Maybe the US government denied that anything was afoot just before the underwear bomb plot was revealed because something was abottom.

May. 14 2012 03:19 PM
Paul Whiteley

On the Mother's Day (May 13, 2012) broadcast, On the Media lost an opportunity in its segment on the embargo of information related to the story on the foiled bomb plot to question where reference to "double agent" came from. There has been no information to suggest the Saudi agent was a double agent, which is a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it or, more loosely, a spy in the service of two rival organizations. The Saudi agent was not pretending to be a spy, but a would-be martyr. He was simply an agent working on behalf of the Saudis. There has been no reporting to indicate he handed over the information to U.S. intelligence without the knowledge or sanction of his Saudi sponsors. If he handed it over with his sponsor's knowledge, he is simply an agent cooperating with U.S. intelligence.

Am I missing something? Did the U.S. government use the term when sharing information with AP?

May. 13 2012 07:18 PM
listener

The "government" can sure be a useful word for journalists.
President Obama got OBL but the "government has been lying for the last several days".

May. 12 2012 09:52 AM

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