ABC News’ James Gordon Meek has not been seen for months after the FBI raided his home and seized classified documents, according to a report.
Meek, a national-security investigative producer, made his last public post just before 5:00 a.m., on Apr. 27 when he quoted a tweet about U.S. intelligence gathering on Russian military operations. Meek added the comment, “FACTS.”
— James Gordon Meek (@meekwire) April 27, 2022
Meek was responding to Marc Polymeropoulos, a former CIA agent, who had tweeted that the Ukrainian military was performing well against Russian forces with the help of the U.S., which had spent the previous eight years of conflict in eastern Ukraine studying Russian tactics. Polymeropoulos was responding to a tweet from Washington Post Pentagon reporter Dan Lamothe, who reported that the U.S. was gaining a “bonanza of information” about the Russian military by observing the invasion.
Meek has not been heard from since, according to Rolling Stone. Within days of the post, heavily armed federal agents raided Meek’s Arlington, Virginia, penthouse apartment, according to the report. During the raid, authorities claimed they found classified information on his computer, according to the report, which cited “sources familiar with the matter.” Meek’s attorney, Eugene Gorokhov, has denied allegations that Meek was in possession of classified material.
“Mr. Meek is unaware of what allegations anonymous sources are making about his possession of classified documents,” he reportedly said. “If such documents exist, as claimed, this would be within the scope of his long career as an investigative journalist covering government wrongdoing.”
If authorities sought to seize records, the raid would’ve required U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco to give her signature, as a new policy prohibits federal prosecutors from seizing journalists’ records without authorization from the deputy attorney general, according to Rolling Stone.
A spokesperson for ABC News told Rolling Stone that Meek “resigned very abruptly and hasn’t worked for us for months.” (RELATED: Biden White House Was Involved With DOJ Probe Into Classified Trump Documents, Memos Reveal)
Neighbors told the outlet they’ve not seen him and witnesses reportedly said his apartment appears vacant.
It remains unclear why authorities targeted Meek, who has broken several high-profile stories.
Meek broke a major story in 2017 about the Pentagon covering up the deaths of U.S. servicemen in Niger, which later served as the basis for the Hulu documentary 3212 Un-Redacted.
Brian Epstein, an ABC News investigative journalist who worked on 3212 Un-Redacted alongside Meek also abruptly left the network months before Meek was last heard from. Epstein told Rolling Stone he would not comment on the story.
Another person who worked on 3212 Un-Redacted told the Rolling Stone “I just want to know what happened.”
“[Meek’s situation] is making me nervous. I’m just gonna deadbolt my door,” the unnamed person added.
But the strange story doesn’t stop there.
Meek was also in the middle of writing a book with Lt. Col. Scott Mann for Simon & Schuster called “Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Undertook One Last Mission and Honored a Promise in Afghanistan,” according to the report. Meek had frequently promoted the upcoming book on social media, but after the raid, the book-jacket photo that was once on his Twitter page suddenly disappeared, according to Rolling Stone. Simon & Schuster also removed Meek’s name from all press materials, according to the report.
The book jacket, which once reportedly read, “In April, ABC News correspondent James Gordon Meek got an urgent call from a Special Forces operator serving overseas,” now reads, “In April, an urgent call was placed from a Special Forces operator serving overseas.”
Mann told Rolling Stone he is unsure what happened to Meek.
“He contacted me in the spring, and was really distraught, and told me that he had some serious personal issues going on and that he needed to withdraw from the project,” Mann reportedly said, noting he hasn’t heard from Meek since.