The ‘disappearance’ of a former ABC News producer six months in the past is probably not as mysterious because it initially appeared, in accordance to a brand new report.
James Gordon Meek, 52, was final week reported by Rolling Stone to have vanished. But sources say the veteran journalist give up his job to keep away from embarrassment for the community, left his house, and is now dwelling with his mom.
They stated he ‘abruptly’ left his job on the information community, withdrew from the e book he was co-authoring about Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has stored a low profile ever since.
Online, individuals speculated that Meek’s work with categorised paperwork was behind the raid.
‘Independent observers imagine the raid is among the many first—and fairly probably, the primary—to be carried out on a journalist by the Biden administration,’ the journal reported.
Yet on Monday, the Confider newsletter from the Daily Beast reported that Meek had not disappeared, however was dwelling with his mom.
James Gordon Meek, 52, left the highlight in April. Last week Rolling Stone reported that the circumstances had been suspicious, however on Monday The Daily Beast stated there was little proof of a conspiracy
Meek has not been seen since April: buddies informed The Daily Beast he’s dwelling with his mom
The Siena Apartments in Arlington, Virginia, the place Meek was dwelling. He has not been seen there for months and on Monday it was reported he’s now dwelling with his mom
Meek’s residence constructing, the place he lived till April in Arlington, Virginia
The web site reported that Meek resigned from ABC News – which he had joined in April 2013, after working on the New York Daily News – on April 27.
He stated his resignation was due to ‘personal causes’ and informed buddies it was to ‘save colleagues and the company any embarrassment.’
The FBI raid on his residence was the identical day.
The FBI refused to remark on their raid on his Arlington, Virginia house, however the Justice Department stated it was not related to his work.
‘While the division can’t communicate to any particular case or exercise, the Department strictly adheres to the Attorney General’s July 2021 memorandum prohibiting the usage of obligatory course of with regards to members of the information media appearing throughout the scope of newsgathering actions,’ stated Dena Iverson, principal deputy director within the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs.
ABC News has not investigated Meeks’ ‘disappearance’, the Daily Beast identified.
A spokesman for ABC News informed DailyMail.com final week that Meek resigned ‘abruptly’ – however they’d not be drawn on the small print of his departure.
‘He resigned very abruptly and hasn’t labored for us for months,’ they stated.
Meek labored at ABC for 9 years earlier than he instantly resigned.
Meek is pictured in a photograph from his Twitter account – which has been inactive since April
The journalist had made a documentary in regards to the U.S. military’s actions in Niger
In the previous, he had additionally served as a senior counterterrorism adviser and investigator for the House Homeland Security Committee.
He had additionally produced a documentary a couple of separate US navy mission in Niger, which he believed uncovered a cover-up.
Meek was scripting this e book with Lt. Col. Scott Mann however he withdrew from the project in spring, citing personal points. It was across the similar time as his house was raided
Around the identical time because the raid on his house, Meek additionally withdrew from the e book about Afghanistan which he had been co-writing with Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret.
The e book was printed in August with solely Lt. Col. Mann listed because the creator.
A earlier description of the e book included a line about Meek being contacted by a Special Forces operator abroad.
It learn: ‘In April, ABC News correspondent James Gordon Meek obtained an pressing name from a Special Forces operator serving abroad.’
Now, promotional textual content for the e book has no point out of his title.
Instead, the blurb reads: ‘In April, an pressing name was positioned from a Special Forces operator serving abroad.’
Meek has not commented on the saga.
His final tweets had been on April 27 – the day of his resignation and the raid.
Meek’s last tweet on April 27, the morning of the raid, was about how the US was serving to Ukraine within the conflict towards Russia
Meek had additionally been investigating the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
Eugene Gorokhov, Meek’s legal professional, stated he knew nothing of any categorised paperwork, however that if Meek did possess them it might have been throughout the scope of his career as a journalist investigating nationwide safety and navy operations.
‘Mr Meek is unaware of what allegations nameless sources are making about his possession of categorised paperwork,’ he stated.
‘If such paperwork exist, as claimed, this might be throughout the scope of Mr. Meek’s lengthy career as an investigative journalist protecting authorities wrongdoing.
‘Press inquiries on this subject are troubling for a distinct purpose: they seem to be based mostly on statements from a supply inside the federal government.
‘It is extremely inappropriate, and unlawful, for people within the authorities to leak details about an ongoing investigation.’