Last May, the Associated Press ran a story about how the U.S. thwarted the plot of an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen to blow up a U.S.-bound plane with a bomb that was designed to be undetectable. We ran it on Page 1. It was a huge story. And this is the story that triggered the investigation that led the federal government to seize a couple months of AP reporters' phone records.
The government wants to find out who leaked the highly classified details of the CIA operation that foiled the al-Qaida plot. The AP has reacted angrily to what it calls an unprecedented government intrusion into the newsgathering process.