Last spring, an ABC News investigative reporter, James Gordon Meek, suddenly resigned from his position at the major network after his Virginia home was raided by the FBI, and has since disappeared. According to the ABC News network, Meek “resigned very abruptly and hasn’t worked for us for months.”
Meek had made a name for himself by reporting on high levels of military corruption and matters of national security. Before vanishing, he had recently released a documentary on Hulu, ‘3212 UN-REDACTED: An Ambush in Africa. The Pentagon’s Betrayal.’
Just prior to the raid and his disappearance, Meek had been co-authoring a book with Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret. The book is about the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and is titled, Operation Pineapple Express: The Incredible Story of a Group of Americans Who Undertook One Last Mission and Honored a Promise in Afghanistan.
All references to Meek in the book, which was published in August, have since been taken out.
Mann commented on Meek being removed from the book, saying, “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.”
“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 the project,” added Mann.
According to co-workers, it seems as if Meek “fell off the face of the Earth,” and no one appears to know where the journalist has gone.
While the reasons behind the FBI conducting a raid at Meek’s residence in Arlington, Virginia, have remained unknown to the public, sources have alleged that classified documents were found on a laptop belonging to Meek. The FBI’s only statement on the matter has been that they cannot comment “due to an ongoing investigation.”
Meek’s lawyer, Eugene Gorokhov, commented on these claims, saying, “Mr. Meek is unaware of what allegations anonymous sources are making about his possession of classified documents. If such documents exist, as claimed, this would be within the scope of his long career as an investigative journalist covering government wrongdoing.”
Gorokhov also said that it is “highly inappropriate, and illegal, for individuals in the government to leak information about an ongoing investigation.”
Gorokhov did not comment on Meek’s whereabouts.