A Florida power company didn’t like a journalist’s commentary. Its consultants had him followed
By Mario Alejandro Ariza for Floodlight and Annie Martin for the Orlando Sentinel
Consultants working for America's largest power company covertly monitored a Jacksonville journalist and obtained a report containing his social security number and other sensitive personal information, leaked documents reveal.
The surveillance happened after the journalist wrote critically about how Florida Power & Light tried to sway city council members to sign off on its business plans. Text messages show an FPL executive was kept abreast of Florida Times-Union columnist Nate Monroe’s movements while he was on vacation in the Florida panhandle in November 2019, an investigation by the Times-Union, the Orlando Sentinel and Floodlight has found.
This story co-published in the Guardian.