Twitter has removed the verification badges from a Mediaite reporter who interviewed Sharyl Attkisson about the Obama administration spying on people and a podcaster who interviewed Florida congressional candidate Laura Loomer.
August Takala, a reporter and editor for Mediaite, tweeted on Monday that he lost his verification badge one hour after he tweeted his interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Thursday.
In the article, Takala wrote that “Attkisson has long asserted that the feds wrongfully surveilled her electronic devices from 2011-14, part of an operation tied to her reporting on the Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme and, later, on the 2012 attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.”
“I would say I may not be one of the first victims, but I am one of the first people who was able to identify myself as a target of illegal spying under the Obama administration,” Attkisson told Mediaite. “I believe many, many others were spied on but do not know. It was only thanks to help from intelligence contacts that I even learned that government agents were spying on me. Otherwise, I never suspected it or would have known.”