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Justice worried reporter would tip off target if they told her about subpoena

Justice worried reporter would tip off target if they told her about subpoena

As top Justice Department officials considered whether they could secretly subpoena the records of a national-security reporter to advance a leak investigation, they homed in on the reporter's romantic relationship with a man they believed to be her source, two people familiar with the matter said.

In normal circumstances, they would have to notify the reporter of the subpoena before they used it. But Justice Department leaders worried that if they told Ali Watkins of their intentions, she might tip off the man, a former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, or take other steps that would upend the investigation, according to one of the people who, like others,...

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