AP spokesperson Paul Colford offered a short statement on Sachtleben's case. "We never comment on our sources," he told several publications.
After the AP phone records were taken, President Barack Obama and Senate allies renewed a push for a federal media shield law. The proposal passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 12 would codify into law Department of Justice policies concerning anti-leak probes. It would allow secretive record-seizures approved by a judge.
An offense statement dated Sept. 19 – signed by two U.S. attorneys and the leaker – said Sachtleben "did not believe that he was exposing government waste, fraud, abuse, or any other kind of government malfeasance or misfeasance."