Senate panel strips anti-leaks portions from intelligence bill

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Washington Post reported Dec. 21 that the Senate Intelligence Committee had “scrapped anti-leaks legislation that would have imposed sweeping new restrictions on government officials’ and spy agencies’ ability to interact with reporters.”

The committee removed from an intelligence-spending bill provisions that had been opposed by a member and by news organizations and the head of U.S. intelligence.

“One of the discarded measures would have eliminated a long-standing practice in Washington in which senior intelligence analysts occasionally provide ‘background briefings’ for reporters on terrorism threats and other national security issues,” the Post reported.

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