US says phone record seizure was aimed at saving lives
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The beleaguered US government claims it was only trying to protect American lives when it took the drastic step of seizing journalists' phone records in a probe of what it calls a major security breach.
President Barack Obama's administration, embattled on several fronts, now faces a barrage of criticism that the step undermined freedom of the press.
Attorney General Eric Holder hit back on Tuesday, defending the action in which the Justice Department secretly took two months of telephone logs from news operations of the Associated Press.
He said this was done as part of a probe into a security breach which had put the American people at risk.