Waging War on Leaks
Targeting dissent and truth.
by Stephen Lendman
On July 30, the Washington Post headlined "A bill to stop security leaks puts a plug on democracy," saying:
Journalists and others talk to officials daily. Background briefings are commonplace. Vital information is discussed. Most of it is unclassified.
On May 15, HR 5743: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 was introduced and referred to committee. On May 31, it passed.
On July 30, S. 3454: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 was introduced and reported to committee. Enactment hasn't occurred. More on it below.
A Senate amendment to S. 3454 permits only the director, deputy director, or public affairs representative of an intelligence agency to provide "background or off-the-record information regarding intelligence activities."