They called us “hackers,” alerted the FBI and threatened a civil suit. But we were only doing our jobs.
The conflict arose as my colleagues at Scripps News and I reported on a trove of 170,000 highly sensitive documents that we’d found publicly posted online via a Google search. As we pursued the story, the company that had failed to secure its records forced us to address allegations that we’d broken the law.
Our experience provides several lessons for other newsrooms collecting and using sensitive records, including:
Record your process. A Scripps broadcast journalist shot footage of ...