You haven't heard him speak publicly — but that doesn't mean he isn't speaking.
Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who has drawn ardent support and vehement criticism nationwide after he fatally shot black 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this year, has laid low as the controversy swirled over the shooting.
The embattled officer hasn't come forward to tell his story on the national stage — but Wilson apparently hasn't been entirely silent, either, as CNN's Brian Stelter said on Sunday morning.
"I'm going to let you in on a secret," Stelter told his viewers as he revealed what he's learned: high-profile anchors from most major news networks have already spoken with Wilson in private, off-the-record meetings.
NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, CBS News’ Scott Pelley, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, and perhaps a Fox News anchor as well, all have spoken with Wilson privately, Stelter claimed.
In a twist that often occurs with major stories, Stelter explained that the anchors weren't interviewing Wilson, but rather Wilson was kind of interviewing them as he decided which anchor he would go with for his first major interview.
“My sense from my sources is that it’s mostly the anchors doing the talking in these off-the-record meetings, it’s mostly Darren Wilson listening and getting to know the person,” Stelter said.
Watch Stelter delve into the issue below:
UPDATE: Both Anderson Cooper...
For the record, I met briefly with Darren Wilson a few days ago to see if he wanted to do an interview with me. That's standard procedure— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 23, 2014
...and Don Lemon confirmed that they've met with Darren Wilson after Brian Stelter's report aired on Sunday.
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