WASHINGTON – A two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated investigative journalist revealed that the Department of Homeland Security used an unrelated search warrant to seize confidential files from her home in a predawn raid back in August.
In an exclusive interview on WMAL, Audrey Hudson, a former investigative journalist for The Washington Times, told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg that the Maryland state police and federal agents confiscated five files under a warrant to search for a “potato launcher.”
Hudson says the files contained her confidential hand written and typed notes from interviews she conducted with whistleblowers inside the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.
“The first thing the Homeland Security officer said to me was, ‘Are you the same Audrey Hudson who wrote all of the federal air marshal stories for The Washington Times?\’” Hudson recalled. “I said I was. He started asking me questions about the story [and] he asked me if I knew people.”
Hudson was not aware the files were missing until five weeks later when agents called her to come pick them up.
“Basically he came in here, took my confidential files that contained whistleblower information and turned them over to the federal agency upon which they were blowing the whistle.”