Fox News has responded to a Justice Department probe of reporter James Rosen, reported by the Washington Post, that involved tracking his movements, phone calls and e-mails.

“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter," Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said in a statement. "In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”

Rosen reported in 2009 that the CIA had learned from sources inside North Korea that the country was likely to respond to United Nations sanctions with more nuclear tests. In an affidavit, an FBI agent wrote there was evidence Rosen had broken the law, “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.”