October 30, 2014
Documents made public this week through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the FBI created a fake AP news story in 2007. The story was shared on social media with a suspect in order to install tracking software on the person’s computer. The AP said the suspect could have easily exposed others to “government disinformation.”
The FBI was targeting a suspect accused of making multiple bomb threats to a high school and said the operation helped prevent possible violence. The FBI obtained a warrant before the operation, which led to the arrest of a 15-year-old student.