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AP Report Raised More Questions than It Answered

July 31, 2018

I read with interest the Associated Press news article on the release of documents related to the secret surveillance of Carter Page by the FBI.

One of the things that surprised me, aside from the editorializing headline, “With no evidence, Trump charges FBI abuse,” was the fact that while the FISA Court was alluded to, it was not mentioned by name. The name is not classified. It is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was extended this year, but not without controversy. The reporter, Zeke Miller, totally missed this in his article.

Also missed was the concern on the part of some that the submission of the Steele Dossier was circular in that a press report was reported to have been used to add credence, although the press report came out of the leaking of the dossier.

Perhaps the quality of the reporting is reflective of the dateline, which is Bridgewater, NJ.

I am very disappointed in the article. It reminds me of the 1930s reporting on the Ukraine by Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter Walter Duranty.

C R KRIEGER

Lowell

Editor’s note: Duranty’s reporting from the Soviet Union, in which he ignored the mass starvation in Ukraine, has been widely criticized. In 1990, The New York Times, which submitted his works for the Pulitzer in 1932, wrote that his later articles denying the famine constituted “some of the worst reporting to appear in the newspaper.”

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