UPDATEDAssociated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt today called the Justice Department seizure “a massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news. According to attorneys for the AP, the DOJ secretly obtained two months of telephone records of its reporters and editors. The information included a list of outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, CT, and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery. Records were seized for more than 20 separate phone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Pruitt demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies, saying the seizure was far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. The government would not say why it sought the records, according to the AP. (more…)