Although the district courts in the District of Columbia and the Central District of California ordered the government to return the seized documents, the government appealed both cases. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the district court and held, on the authority of Andresen v. Maryland, 427 US 463 (1976) that the search warrant was constitutional.
TAMPA’S EXPERIENCE IS THAT COS OFFICIALS WILL REACT IMMEDIATELY TO ANY CRITICAL MEDIA COVERAGE GENERATED BY FBI INVESTIGATIONS. THEY REQUEST FACE TO FACE MEETINGS WITH THE SAC BOTH REGARDING WHAT HAS BEEN STATED IN THE MEDIA AND SO AS TO “KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN.”
[…] THE ABOVE DEALS WITH SENSITIVE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE COS, WHICH IN THE PAST ATTEMPTED TO INFILTRATE THE FBI. DISSEMINATION OR DISCUSSION OF THIS INFORMATION IS ON A NEED TO KNOW BASIS. LEADS ARE TO BE HANDLED IN AN EXPEDITIOUS MANNER.