Sessions, intelligence officials to announce leak crackdown

Sessions, intelligence officials to announce leak crackdown

Sessions, intelligence officials to announce leak crackdown

"I've listened to our career investigators, FBI agents...and our prosecutors about how to most successfully investigate and prosecute these matters", Sessions said. We respect the important role that the press plays and will give them respect, but it is not unlimited.

"We are prepared to take all necessary steps to one identify individuals who illegally expose and disclose classified information", said Coats, who argued they have put American operatives, troops, and sensitive programs at risk. Sessions announced that the department is "reviewing policy affecting media subpoenas". "For the past several months we have made changes and are seriously ramping up our efforts".

President Trump has been pushing Sessions to be more aggressive in prosecuting illegal government leaks, which have bedeviled the administration from the start.

Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests MORE, Sessions announced that the Justice Department, FBI and government intelligence agencies will direct more resources into the investigations of government leaks and would prioritize prosecuting those that pass sensitive information along to the press or foreign officials. "The Department of Justice is open for business and I have, this morning, this warning: Don't do it". "At their suggestion, one of the things we are doing is reviewing policies for effecting media subpoenas".

"I have this message for our friends in the intelligence community".

The Justice Department also abandoned a yearslong effort to force a New York Times journalist to reveal his source in the trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was later found guilty of disclosing classified information.

"By taking simple, commonsense considerations into account, we are encouraging every jurisdiction in this country to cooperate with federal law enforcement", Sessions said in a statement that accompanied the letters.

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Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, promised that he would help with the crackdown.

"They endanger the men and women of the intelligence community, the armed services, and those who serve overseas", he said.

Coates confirmed he will be working closely with DOJ to prosecute leakers to the fullest extent of the law and said the dissemination of classified information is a betrayal to the country.

Hours later, the Wall Street Journal reported a grand jury had been convened in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

President Trump has been enraged by the continual leaks coming out of the White House and intelligence community, and complained on Twitter last week that his attorney general was "weak" when it came to going after leakers. Rosenstein said he would meet with media representatives to discuss the ideas next week.

The climate for leaks has been attributed at least partly to holdovers from the Obama administration and Republican bureaucrats who supported other primary candidates and actively oppose President Trump and his agenda.

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