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The FBI bribery sting of Michael Brown revealed that the former at-large councilmember was an active and not particularly cautious phone user who would demand his “piece of the piece” in calls and text messages to federal agents. This week, people who interacted with Brown on his phone during the wiretap are hearing that they, too, are on the tape.
The FBI has been sending out letters to those who were recorded, a list that apparently includes WUSA9 reporter Bruce Johnson and LL’s predecessor. “During the period of authorized interception, wire and/or electronic communications to or from your phone were intercepted,” the letter, available in full below, reads.
The wiretap ran from Oct. 3, 2012 to Jan. 27, according to the letter. LL’s waiting to hear back from both the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office on whether any precautions were taken to avoid recording calls that weren’t relevant to the sting. It’s a question that’s especially relevant given U.S. Attorney Ron Machen‘s habit of snooping on reporters’ phone records.
Update, 5:00 p.m.: U.S. Attorney spokesman Bill Miller tells LL the FBI tried to reduce the number of call recordings that were unrelated to the investigation. In good news for anyone nervous about what they said to Brown, Miller says no more charges will be coming from evidence in the wiretap.
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