New York – FBI, CIA Considers Bloggers To Be Real Journalists.

27 07 2007

New York – Are bloggers part of the news media? The U.S. government — led by two of its most secretive agencies — is increasingly saying, “Yes, they are.”

the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have altered policies to indicate they’re taking blogs seriously, and a growing number of public offices are actively reaching out to the blogosphere.

The CIA recently updated its policies on Freedom of Information Act requests to allow bloggers to qualify for special treatment once reserved for old-school reporters. And last August, the NSA issued a directive to its employees to report leaks of classified information to the media — “including blogs,” the order said.

Experts say it’s part of a trend. Earlier this year, the criminal trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was the first time a federal court had issued press credentials to bloggers. A rotating pool of five to 10 bloggers sat alongside dozens of traditional media reporters to hear the government try and convict one-time aide to Vice President Dick Cheney on perjury and obstruction of justice charges stemming from the leak of an undercover CIA operatives identity. [abcnews]

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