Emmy-winning ABC News producer James Gordon Meek, who has been working on a book about President Biden’s disastrous exit from Afghanistan, has reportedly disappeared after the FBI conducted a raid on his apartment in Arlington, Virginia. The raid was carried out due to Meek supposedly having classified material on his laptop.
Since the raid took place back in April, his neighbors have said that it’s like “he’s fallen off the face of the earth,” and that they haven’t been able to contact him or find out what happened to him.
During the time of the raid, Meek and his co-author Lt. Colonel Scott Mann were working on a book about America’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. The pair also collaborated to write a piece called “Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Undertook One Last Mission and Honored the Promise in Afghanistan,” however it is unclear which book led to the raid.
“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,” Lt. Col. Mann said regarding Meek’s state of mind.
“As a guy who’s a combat veteran, who has seen that kind of strain, I don’t know what it was – I honored it, and he went on his way, and I continued on the project.”
Besides being an author, Meek was also a former senior counter-terrorism advisor and investigator for the House Homeland Security Committee.
“Mr. Meek is unaware of what allegations anonymous sources are making about his possession of classified documents,” Meek’s attorney Eugene Gorokhov said in a statement following the raid.
“If such documents exist, as claimed, this would be within the scope of his long career as an investigative journalist, covering government wrongdoing,” Gorokhov continued.
Gorokhov also chided the DOJ for leaking information regarding the raid.
“The allegations in your inquiry are troubling for a different reason: they appear to come from a source inside the government. It is highly inappropriate, and illegal for individuals in the government to leak information about an ongoing investigation. We hope that the DOJ promptly investigates the source of the leak.”
Many Americans wonder whether this raid was politically-motivated and whether Meek’s disappearance is connected to the powers that be in Washington.
After the FBI’s August raid of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, a record amount of Americans now distrust the Department of Justice.