According to Rolling Stone, James Gordon Meek, the Emmy-winning investigative journalist and former ABC News reporter, appears to have gone missing.
Meek has been missing, according to the outlet, ever since the FBI, back on April 27, raided his longtime apartment in Arlington, Virginia.
What we know about the raid:
The answer is almost nothing.
The FBI has confirmed that it was at Meek’s apartment on the morning of April 27. But, the agency has refused to give further details on the grounds that there is an ongoing investigation.
Rolling Stone, nonetheless, reports “sources familiar with the matter” as claiming that the FBI “allegedly found classified information on Meek’s laptop during their raid,” which another source claimed was “highly unusual for a reporter or producer.”
According to Rolling Stone, if the raid does have to do with documents, then, under a new policy enacted by Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Department of Justice (DOJ) would only be able to seize documents in the possession of a journalist if the journalist is “suspected of working for agents of a foreign power or terrorist organizations” or if the situation has to do with “imminent risks, such as kidnappings or crimes against children.”
Eugene Gorokhov, Meek’s attorney, has put out a statement saying that “Meek is unaware of what allegations anonymous sources are making about his possession of classified documents,” adding that, “if such documents exist, as claimed, this would be within the scope of his long career as an investigative journalist covering government wrongdoing.”
Where did he go?
This is the big question right now.
After the FBI conducted a raid on Meek’s apartment, he abruptly resigned from ABC News. He has been missing ever since.
Former colleagues are quoted by Rolling Stone as saying that they “have no idea what happened to Meek.” Meek’s neighbors refused to speak with Rolling Stone, and Rolling Stone reports that his apartment appears vacant. And, Meek’s last social media post was in April, on the day of the raid.
Rolling Stone further reports that a “really distraught” Meek, following the raid, contacted Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret, and told Mann to withdraw from a project called “3212 Un-Redacted,” a documentary based on Meek’s reporting. Mann obliged.
There are more questions than answers here. And, with the FBI not speaking and Meek seemingly missing, it does not appear as though answers are coming any time soon.