A senior ABC News journalist served as an informant to the FBI during its investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing…
The FBI was interested because journalist had gotten a wild and ultimately unconfirmed tip that Iraqi Special Services had had something to do with the bombing.
ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider couldn’t not confirm the identity of the journalist, but said by the description in the memo, that person is no longer with the network.
Schneider explained why this sort of thing gives journalists a cold chill.
“If true, it would certainly be of grave concern to us that the FBI would have created an informant file based on information gleaned from a reporter,” Schneider said. “It certainly would be very troubling for the FBI to recruit a news employee as a confidential source.”
“It can create a perception of collusion between the government and the news organization. It would put journalists everywhere at risk if people believed that journalists are acting as government agents. And it could raise the specter of the government trying to spy on a news organization,” he added.