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AP says Justice Department secretly obtained its phone records

According to the news organization, the phone records obtained stemmed from a May 7, 2012, story about a CIA operation that thwarted a terror attack in Yemen. While the news media are generally informed when their phone records are subpoenaed, the Justice Department reportedly claimed an exemption that allows them not to avoid notification if it threatens the integrity of the investigation.