Washington Post Hired Security Consultant For Reporter Who Received A Death Threat


David Fahrenthold, a reporter for the Washington Post, says he met with D.C. police, the FBI and a former counterterrorism official after receiving a death threat in October.

The death threat came after he reported on the “Access Hollywood” tape, where Donald Trump made lewd remarks to Billy Bush.

In an article Fahrenthold published Thursday for the Washington Post Magazine, he tells his story of covering Trump throughout the election, and says the Post hired a former counterterrorism official to inform him of different security measures to take after receiving the death threat.

“I met with the D.C. police and the FBI, and a security consultant the paper hired.” Fahrenthold wrote. “She was a congenial woman, a former counterterrorism official. When she arrived at our house she terrified us far more than the actual death threat had.”

“’Your cars are parked too far away for a car bomb,’ she said, looking out the front windows at the street. ‘They’ll probably cut your brake lines.’ She recommended having a car patrol the neighborhood. She recommended a safe room.”

“She recommended stocking the safe room with provisions, in case we were under siege so long that we needed snacks,” Fahrenthold continued.

Fahrenthold is one of many reporters who received death threats for covering the 2016 election.

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