Phone Records Greg Sargent: "Now BellSouth's spokesman, Jeff Battcher, tells me that the company is considering suing USA Today over the story.
May 18, 2006

Phone Records

Greg Sargent:

"Now BellSouth's spokesman, Jeff Battcher, tells me that the company is considering suing USA Today over the story. "It certainly is one of the options being considered," he told me. This is interesting, and here's why. I'm no lawyer, but I've gotta think that such a legal battle could result in a lengthy discovery process that could force some of this stuff into the public domain. Who knows whether this will happen, but it at least seems possible. It's worth noting that this is something the company definitely wouldn't want if it were lying...read on"

Atrios reminded me of this story:

"Senator Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, told reporters he was briefed on the program and said the U.S. needs ``to use modern technological tools'' to defeat terrorists. Lott said the story ``undermines'' the program, which he called ``legitimate and legal.''

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