James Gordon Meek abruptly resigned from ABC in April and hasn’t been seen by colleagues since
An ABC News investigative producer has not been seen by colleagues since April, when the FBI mysteriously raided his Virginia apartment.
James Gordon Meek, 52, moved from his home in Arlington, Virginia after the raid and has not been seen by neighbors since.
He “abruptly” left his job at the news station, withdrew from the book he co-authored on Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has remained unobtrusive ever since.
The rolling stone The raid was first reported Wednesday morning, along with sources close to the investigation saying Meek was suspected of possessing classified documents.
If that is the reason for the raid, it raises serious questions about the government’s approach to journalists seeking to expose corruption or wrongdoing.
The FBI — which routinely refuses to comment on ongoing investigations as a matter of policy — has not commented on the reason for the raid.
The arrest warrant that made it possible has also not been made public, and Meek’s lawyers are tight-lipped about what they were told.
In a statement, attorney Eugene Gorokhov said he knew nothing about classified documents, but that if Meek did have them, it would have been within the scope of his career as a journalist investigating national security and military operations.
‘Mr. Meek is unaware of the allegations made by anonymous sources about his possession of classified documents.
Meek co-wrote this book with Lt. Col. Scott Mann, but he withdrew from the project in the spring due to personal issues. It was around the same time his house was robbed
“If such documents exist, as alleged, it would be within the scope of Mr Meek’s long career as an investigative journalist reporting on government misconduct.
“Press investigations about this are troubling for another reason: They appear to be based on statements from a government source.
“It is highly inappropriate and illegal for individuals in government to leak information about an ongoing investigation.”
An ABC News spokesperson told DailyMail.com that Meek resigned “abruptly”, but they did not want to be informed of the details of his departure.
“He stepped down very abruptly and hasn’t worked for us for months,” they said.
No one from the Justice Department has confirmed an investigation into Meek.
Around the same time as the raid on his house, Meek also withdrew from the book he had co-written with Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret.
The book was published in August with only Lieutenant Colonel Mann as the author.
The Siena Apartments in Arlington, Virginia, where Meek lived. He hasn’t been seen there for months
Meek’s last tweet on April 27, the morning of the raid, was about how the US helped Ukraine in the war against Russia
Meek had also investigated the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
An earlier description of the book included a line about Meek being approached by a Special Forces operator abroad.
It read, “In April, ABC News correspondent James Gordon Meek received an urgent call from a Special Forces operator serving overseas.”
Now his name is not mentioned in the promotional text for the book.
Instead, the blurb reads: “In April, an urgent appeal was made by a Special Forces operator serving overseas.”
Neighbors told Rolling Stone that Meek disappeared after the raid on his apartment.
He has two daughters who often spent time in the apartment, they said.
The entire raid lasted just ten minutes, according to neighbors.
They saw a large, armored vehicle, accompanied by some local patrol cars.
“They didn’t hang around. They left fairly quickly and headed west on Columbia Pike toward Fairfax County.
“Most people who see that green vehicle would think it’s some kind of tank. But I knew it was the Lenco BearCat.
“That vehicle is designed to jump out so they can do a heist during that time. It can fire back if fired at them,” said neighbor John Antonelli.
Meek spent nine years at ABC before suddenly resigning.
In the past, he was also a senior counter-terrorism adviser and investigator for the House Homeland Security Committee.
He had also made a documentary about a separate US military mission in Niger, which he said exposed a cover-up.
Another producer who worked with him on that documentary, Brian Epstein, also abruptly left ABC earlier this year.