OK, so we know that the Department of Justice spent years investigating Fox journalist James Rosen over a 2009 article on North Korea. We’ve learned that Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the search warrant, underlining the importance given to it by DOJ; we also know the name of the judge who agreed to keep the investigation secret. But here are three things we don’t know:
The Administration argues that this leak — as opposed to other leaks — justified a secret investigation of a journalist suspected of criminal activity simply for doing his job. Exactly what was so sensitive about it? What damage has the leak done to national security?
Was there any time limit on this secret investigation? Or was the plan simply to spy on Rosen and Fox indefinitely?
Are there other secret investigations still hidden from the public? Investigations where there is presumably, as in Rosen’s case, no chance that the target would ever actually be charged for the reasons given in the warrant?