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Holder seeks better balance after press subpoenas

Eric Holder
Posted at 9:16 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-05 17:22:36-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says a better balance needs to be struck between press freedom and safeguarding national secrets.

The attorney general has been conducting a series of meetings with news organizations to review how the Justice Department treats the news media when the government investigates national security leaks. The department secretly subpoenaed some phone records of The Associated Press without prior notification. It also obtained a search warrant to secretly gather emails of Fox News journalist James Rosen.

In an interview Wednesday with NBC, Holder said the Justice Department will come up with ways in which notice can be given to the media. The attorney general held out the possibility of a involving the judiciary in such cases.