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Mother Jones: Mitch McConnell Article 'Not The Product Of A Watergate-Style Bugging Operation'

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks next to a stack of papers representing what he claimed to be the regulations
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks next to a stack of papers representing what he claimed to be the regulations associated with President Barack Obama's healthcare reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Mother Jones magazine responded on Tuesday to an FBI investigation into the source of its article about a private meeting held by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

The magazine's David Corn obtained a recording of the meeting, in which McConnell and his aides talked about ways they might target potential campaign rival Ashley Judd. Corn--who was also the recipient of the infamous "47 percent" video--posted excerpts from the recording on the magazine's website.

McConnell's campaign then contacted the FBI, saying it may have been a victim of "Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters."

In a statement, Mother Jones said it was not aware of any such efforts:

We are still waiting for Sen. Mitch McConnell to comment on the substance of the story. Before posting this article, we contacted his Senate office and his campaign office--in particular, his campaign manager, Jesse Benton--and no one responded. As the story makes clear, we were recently provided the tape by a source who wished to remain anonymous. We were not involved in the making of the tape, but we published a story on the tape due to its obvious newsworthiness. It is our understanding that the tape was not the product of a Watergate-style bugging operation. We cannot comment beyond that.

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