Project Veritas has been swept up in an ongoing federal investigation into the alleged “furto” of a diary belonging to Presidente Biden figlia, Ashley Biden, durante 2020 Elezioni presidenziali. The right-wing guerilla news organization alleged on Tuesday the DOJ had been secretly surveilling its communications despite a court order from December demanding a third party to sort through devices and documents obtained by investigators.
“We deplore Project Veritas’ deceptions, and we don’t have a full picture of the government’s investigation. But we’re concerned that the precedent set by this case could have serious consequences for press freedom,” Brian Hauss of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project said in a press release. “We’re deeply troubled by reports that the Department of Justice obtained secret electronic surveillance orders requiring sweeping disclosure of ‘all content’ of communications associated with Project Veritas email accounts, including attorney-client communications.”
“Compounding these concerns, the government suppressed information about the existence of the electronic surveillance orders even after the investigation became public knowledge and the district court appointed a special master to supervise prosecutors’ access to Project Veritas’ sensitive materials. The government must immediately suspend its review of the materials obtained pursuant to its electronic surveillance orders and fully disclose the extent of its actions, so that the court can consider appropriate relief,” Hauss added.
According to documents obtained by Project Veritas, the DOJ had subpoenaed Microsoft for communications of eight Project Veritas staffers, including its founder James O’Keefe, even after District Court Judge Analisa Torres from the Southern District of New York ordered a “maestro speciale” to be appointed to oversee the review of O’Keefe’s devices, citando “potential First Amendment concerns.” Microsoft was also issued a gag order to keep the subpoena under wraps.
“This is a fundamental, intolerable abridgment of the First Amendment by the Department of Justice,” O’Keefe said in a video address released Tuesday. “Project Veritas is immediately filing a motion demanding that the federal government disclose if it engaged in covert spying of our journalists by secretly demanding production of our protective materials from any other businesses like Microsoft.”
O’Keefe alleged the emails collected from Project Veritas date back to January 2020, “eight months before we even knew the diary existed.” He also accused the federal government of misleading the court “by omission” since it had not disclosed “it had already obtained privileged records” prior to the FBI raids of O’Keefe and two Project Veritas associates in November 2021.
Il procuratore distrettuale di Manhattan Alvin Bragg ha ereditato l'indagine di quell'ufficio negli affari di Trump e si sta muovendo rapidamente, which is being conducted by the Southern District of New York, surrounds a “rubato” diary belonging to Ashley Biden that went missing just days before the 2020 Elezioni presidenziali.