The offices of Newsweek magazine and its parent company IBT Media were raided Thursday by more than 20 investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The investigators converged on the downtown offices of Newsweek shortly before 8 a.m., where they took photographs of computers and servers, focusing on the serial numbers on the equipment. Sources said that it appeared that no files were downloaded by investigators who left six hours later, carrying several servers, Breitbart News reported.
According to one source, the investigation is believed to be connected to Olivet University, the San Francisco school affiliated with the controversial South Korean evangelical pastor David Jang, who has close ties to the founders of IBT Media.
In a brief announcement to Newsweek staffers that was made hours into the raid, a lawyer for IBT Media said that the police action was part of a 17-month investigation.
“People are very upset, because apparently there was a 17-month investigation and no one told us anything,” said one person close to the company.
Late Thursday, Newsweek Media Group issued a statement regarding the raid.
“Representatives of the New York County [Manhattan] District Attorney’s Office visited the New York City offices of Newsweek Media Group today to conduct a search of the company’s computer servers to obtain technical information about the servers. The company provided the DA’s representatives with access to the computer servers on location to allow for a technical inspection within the law,” the statement read.
The company contended that the investigation did not involve “content related issues.”
“No information regarding the company’s content, stories, personnel, or sources was given and Newsweek Media Group has been assured by the DA’s office that the investigation is not about any content-related issues,” the statement read.