Federal Reserve leak is now an insider-trading probe

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 22: The Federal Reserve building is seen January 22, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Fed cut its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point after two days of tumult in international markets due to fear of a recession in the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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What began as an investigation into leaked information from the Federal Reserve has become a full-blown insider-trading case.

The case comes down to the firm Medley Global Advisors, which shared details about future Fed plans to boost economic stimulus back in 2012. The firm now claims that it has special protections because it considers itself a media organization, reported the Wall Street Journal.

It’s now attracted the attention of federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which are looking at both the information leak and possible insider-trading violations.

Medley told the WSJ that it’s in the clear because the company “reserves complete editorial freedom in its newsletters” that are “made available to all.”

The investigation is still in its early stages, and no conclusions have been made regarding possible insider trading.

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