The Department of Justice is preparing charges against the former ABC News producer

more than seven Months after ABC producer James Gordon Meek came under dramatic attack from the FBI, an indictment is being prepared by the Justice Department to be presented to a grand jury, according to two people familiar with the matter. The FBI had been tracking Meek for suspected criminal activity unrelated to his work as a journalist long before the April 27 raid, according to those sources as well as two others. In addition, new details about the matter have emerged. Rolling Stone It is learned that the FBI seized nearly a dozen electronic devices belonging to the Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist during a pre-dawn raid of his home in Arlington, Virginia, after which Mick abruptly quits ABC via email.

The FBI had previously confirmed that the agency was “conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity” on the morning of April 27 at Meek’s address. “I cannot comment on any pending investigations, but any decisions that need to be made now are entirely within the government’s discretion,” says Meek’s attorney, Eugene Gorokhov.

The Justice Department is said to be taking extra precautions given Meek’s status as a journalist. Sources say the investigation, the details of which have not been made available to the public, is proceeding at a deliberate pace, which is typical for a high-profile subject. Complicating matters, the FBI found classified information on Meek’s laptop after the takeover, multiple sources said. Two of these sources add that the alleged possession of classified materials will remain a separate matter, and will likely not result in criminal charges.

The national security investigative producer has worked frequently on stories involving sensitive material and sources. He is best known for his deep dives, which included a series of reports on an ISIS ambush in Niger in 2017 that left four American Green Berets dead. His reports, which poke holes in the Pentagon’s official account of what really happened during the failed mission, were adapted into a 2021 feature-length documentary. 3212 unrevised ABC’s sister company, Hulu.

On October 18, Rolling Stone The raid on Meek’s home was first reported—a top floor apartment in the upscale Sienna Park complex in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Meek tendered his resignation to a supervisor via email, citing personal reasons, one day after the raid, which he never disclosed. ABC. Sources say ABC was not aware of the raid until months after it took place. Meek’s lawyer declined to comment on this point. Indicating that the raid had nothing to do with his work as a journalist, Meek never asked the network for legal assistance, according to an ABC source close to the situation. (A news outlet usually supports a journalist facing government scrutiny of his newsgathering activities, such as allegations of possession of classified material, given the First Amendment implications of such matters.) But the origins of Meek’s investigation have nothing to do with classified materials. sources say. The April 28 resignation was the last time the network heard from its former star producer, ABC source says. (Mick, now 53, moved out of his Siena Park apartment shortly after the raid and lives with his mother in a suburb of D.C.)

How Meek got on the FBI’s radar in the first place remains a mystery. Theresa Carroll Buchanan, a federal judge in the Eastern Virginia District Court, signed the search warrant the day before the raid. Rolling Stone She spoke to eyewitnesses to the raid, which involved an extraordinary amount of firepower including an armored tactical vehicle known as the Lenco BearCat G2 as well as an estimated 10 heavily armed operatives. But the feds have become more careful when executing warrants. In 2021, two FBI agents are killed and three wounded while targeting the home of a Florida man, in the FBI’s deadliest day since 1994.

Over three decades, Meek has broken down major stories including the Army’s cover-up of the Soldier brothers’ deaths. Dave Sharett II is in Iraq at outlets such as APBNews.com and New York Daily News Before landing at ABC, where he was a fixture in the interconnected world of national security. But his neighbors and those who have worked closely with him over the years describe Mick as a closed book. Kristen Poetra, who has lived in an apartment next door to Meek’s for more than a decade and parks her car next to his SUV, says that despite regular exchanges with her neighbor, she had no idea what he did for a living. Many of his former colleagues referred to him as a “military fan” because he would tout his connections in the higher ranks of the armed forces. He left journalism for two years to join the staff of the House Homeland Security Committee for then-Chairman Peter King of New York.

But personal details about the divorced father of two girls remain elusive, with a few exceptions, such as Meek telling colleagues he was inspired to cover terrorism cases after his cousin was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Reporter Janon Fisher, who worked with Meek at both apb f Daily newsTells Rolling Stone That his former bandmate was a tough guy who seemed to be part of the so-called straight-limbed subculture whose followers shunned alcohol and drugs and was a fan of the band Fugazi.

“He was a good fellow but aloof at times,” Fisher adds. “He never talked loosely about his personal life. I didn’t get anything from him. You usually get some information from someone during a conversation. There’s an exchange back and forth. He didn’t seem to be giving him much. He was just very guarded in that way.”

Meanwhile, Mick’s path from star investigative reporter to headline-grabbing mystery has become a hot topic in Hollywood. In the months leading up to the raid, Mick had finished work on a book for Simon & Schuster titled Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Take One Last Mission and Promise in Afghanistan, co-authored with Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret. Several high-profile production companies, including Brad Pitt’s Plan B (moon light) and producers such as Dana Brunetti (Captain Phillips), was competing for rights Operation Pineapple Expresswhich Basil Iwanik quietly took possession of (Sicario). Sources say that Mick was managing the negotiation affairs, but suddenly cut off contacts. “He was texting and doing Zoom calls every day, and then he just stopped,” says one of the people involved in the film rights negotiations. Sometime in the spring, Simon & Schuster mysteriously crosses out Mick’s name from all the book’s press materials as well as in most cases within the book itself, where he plays a central role in the narrative as a journalist who helped the American-trained commandos escape. Afghanistan amidst the chaotic withdrawal of the US military in 2021. (Meek is included in the list of characters in the book). A Simon & Schuster representative declined to comment.

“He called me in the spring, was really distraught, and told me he had some serious personal issues and he needed to drop out of the project,” Mann said. Rolling Stone. “As a war veteran who experienced that kind of stress—I don’t know what it is—I honored that. He went his way, and I continued with the project.”

book became The New York Times A bestseller, but sources say its cinematic prospects are now on hold with the resurgence of Meek Society.

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Ultimately, many of his colleagues are baffled by the strange matter of Mick, a distinguished journalist who now appears to be in serious legal jeopardy. But one person worked closely with Mick 3212 unrevised He was described as shrouded in mystery, a man who worked professionally with a level of secrecy that was uncommon even for a reporter covering sensitive topics. He frequently kicked all but one or two of the staff from the room during story meetings.

Another person who worked on the film says Mick was well connected to the intelligence community, but nothing else has emerged about him. The source adds, “Everything about this case is shocking and disturbing.”


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