An Assistant US Attorney in Seattle has threatened a CBS 60 Minutes reporter who is investigating the prosecution of James Dalton Bell in Western Washington District Court, warning the reporter that a subpoena will be issued for his information if he continues to investigate the case and its broader ramifications.
According to a confidential source, AUSA Robb London, the prosecutor of the Bell case, warned 60 Minutes reporter Adam Ciralsky that a subpoena would be issued to Ciralsky for information about persons he had spoken to about the case and what he had learned if Ciralsky continued with his investigation.
Another confidential source said Ciralsky had been attempting to interview James Bell, now in federal detention in Tacoma, but had been unable to do so because of onerous conditions imposed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Bell is said to be willing to be interviewed by Ciralsky if those conditions are lifted.
Bell was arrested in November 2000 and charged with "interstate stalking of federal officials.