Judge orders FBI to stop spying on Project Veritas leader amid leaks to NYT
A federal judge ordered the FBI to stop the “extraction and review” of information on Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe’s phone.
Last week, the bureau raided O’Keefe’s home and other Project Veritas members as part of an investigation into the alleged theft of Ashley Biden’s diary. O’Keefe has denied that it was stolen.
“Late last year, we were approached by tipsters claiming they had a copy of Ashley Biden’s diary,” O’Keefe said. “The tipsters indicated that they were negotiating with a different media outlet for the payment of monies for the diary.”
The organization ultimately decided not to publish the diary’s contents, which allegedly belonged to President Joe Biden’s daughter, because they couldn’t authenticate it.
“At the end of the day, we made the ethical decision that because, in part, we could not determine if the diary was real, if the diary in fact belonged to Ashley Biden, or if the contents of the diary occurred, we could not publish the diary and any part thereof.”
On Friday, Judge Analisa Torres issued an order to the FBI to refrain from extracting and reviewing information from O’Keefe’s phone.
However, the bureau had already leaked its contents to the New York Times.
“Something tells me that the Federal judge who ordered the FBI to stop removing files from Project Veritas devices is going to have some questions as to how attorney-client privileged communications were removed from those devices and sent to the NYT,” media personality Mike Cernovich wrote on Twitter.