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Government collected AP phone records in probe

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for the Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a ‘‘massive and unprecedented intrusion’’ into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records included incoming calls or the calls’ duration.

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