- The Washington Times - Friday, May 31, 2013

The Justice Department won’t do to other media outlets what it did to The Associated Press or to Fox News correspondent James Rosen, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

He reportedly made the comments during an off-the-record meeting with journalists to explain his department’s secretive and controversial seizure of AP phone records — as well as the tracking of Mr. Rosen’s movements and search of his personal emails — as a departmental attempt to root out national security information leakers.

His pledge to change how his department did business came by way of reporters who spoke about the discussions, despite the off-the-record agreement.

“There was a commitment to change the department’s guidelines for handling cases such as these and a renewed commitment to support a federal shield law for journalists,” said Gerald Seib, the Washington bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Seib was one of three reporters — of the five from media outlets that attended — who spoke to reporters about the discussions, The U.K. Guardian reported.

Mr. Holder’s planned meeting was boycotted by many in the media, who decried its secretive nature.

President Obama has directed Mr. Holder to spend the next 45 days reviewing the agency’s investigative rules and policies, The U.K. Guardian reported.