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Denver seeks phone records after leak of airport project news

Posted at 7:02 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 09:02:52-04

DENVER — News about Denver city officials’ decision to terminate a $1.8 billion airport contract two months ago got out before the public announcement, and a city investigation now is looking for the source of leaks to the media.

The city attorney’s office confirmed it has asked an unspecified number of city appointees and officials to sign releases allowing attorneys to obtain cell phone and text records for Aug. 12.

That night, Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver International Airport officials decided during a conference call to pull the plug on Great Hall Partners’ public-private partnership agreement, ending the contractors’ work just over a year into construction on a $650 million terminal renovation project that was part of the larger deal.

DIA CEO Kim Day announced the termination at a news conference late the next morning. But several media outlets, including The Denver Post, reported the decision in the hours before that event.

Read the full story on The Denver Post's website here.