An award-winning investigative journalist from ABC News who was working on a new book about President Joe Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been missing for months after his home was purportedly raided by the FBI because of sensitive data that was on his computer.
On Tuesday, Rolling Stone published a feature about Emmy-winning journalist James Gordon Meek, 52. Meek has previously worked as an investigator and senior counterterrorism consultant for the House Homeland Security Committee.
The FBI raided his upscale residence in Arlington, Virginia, before dawn in April, and he hasn’t been seen since.
According to the journal, individuals familiar with the situation stated that he was the subject of a federal investigation and that the FBI reportedly discovered sensitive material on his laptop during the search.
According to an ABC News source, Meeks “resigned rather suddenly” and “hasn’t worked for us in months.”
“Mr. Meek is not aware of the claims made by anonymous sources concerning his possession of sensitive papers,” Meeks’ attorney, Eugene Gorokhov, said in a statement. “If such records exist, as claimed, they would fall inside the purview of his long career as an investigative reporter exposing government misconduct.” The claims in your investigation are alarming for another reason: they seem to originate from within the U.S. government. Individuals in the government that leak information regarding an investigation that was ongoing are both unprofessional and unlawful. We hope that the DOJ examines the source of this leak as soon as possible.”
It was unclear from the article what narrative Meeks could’ve been working on that would have prompted the raid, but it did point out that the scenario was made “more bizarre” by the fact that Meeks was writing a book with the working title “The Amazing Story of a Group of Americans Who Went On One Last Mission and Fulfilled a Promise in Afghanistan.”
Lt. Col. Scott Mann, who co-wrote the book, claimed he received a call from Meeks early this year informing him that something was wrong.
“He approached me in the spring, devastated, and told me that he had some major personal troubles and needed to walk away from the project,” Mann explained. “As a war veteran who has witnessed that type of strain — I’m not sure what it was — I honored it. And he continued on his way, and I kept working on the project.”
According to the report, under the new Justice Dept. policy outlined by AG Merrick Garland, authorities would have to truly believe that the journalist was working for a hostile foreign government or terrorist organization, or was engaged in situations such as kidnappings or crimes involving children in order to seize materials from the reporter.