Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee in Washington

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on ”Oversight of the United States Department of Justice” on Capitol Hill in Washington May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON | Fri May 24, 2013 5:00pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Justice Department said on Friday that senior officials including Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search an email account belonging to a Fox News reporter whose story on North Korea prompted a leak investigation.

In a statement emailed to Reuters, the department said the search warrant for the reporter’s email account followed all laws and policies and won the independent approval of a federal magistrate judge.

The May 2010 search warrant for a Google email account belonging to James Rosen was revealed on Monday by The Washington Post and drew immediate concern from journalists because it describes Rosen as a suspected “co-conspirator” in the leak of secret government information.

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