Federal authorities today opened a criminal investigation into who wrote e-mails apparently sent to private citizens in advance of New York City's decision to issue a public alert last week involving its subways.
Investigators are looking at the e-mails, which appear to be based on statements by government officials with knowledge of the potential threat information, which was subsequently discredited.
Earlier today a federal official said it was not clear whether the e-mails were written by government employees or by people who overheard discussion of the potential threat. But now, the fact there is a criminal investigation would indicate an interest in finding out whether government officials in possession of classified information were somehow involved in the unauthorized e-mail.
Editor's note: Pete made some calls checking into this story, as reported in The New York Daily News.