BREAKING NEWS — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a major crackdown on the leaking of classified information, also referred to as “unauthorized disclosures.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “The culture of leaking must stop.”
Since January, Sessions reported that the Justice Department (DOJ) has “more than tripled the number of active leak investigations, as compared to the number pending at the end of the Obama administration.”
The attorney general said the DOJ has already charged four people with “unlawfully disclosing classified material or with concealing contacts with foreign intelligence officers.” In addition, the Justice Department has already received nearly as many criminal referrals involving unauthorized disclosures of classified information as in the previous three years combined.
“I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it,” Sessions said. “I strongly agree with the president and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks,” he said.
The attorney general appeared alongside Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina.
The announcement comes on the heels of criticism from President Donald J. Trump.
President Trump has used Twitter to question why Attorney General Jeff Sessions hasn’t been going after the leakers, especially those who leak information from intelligence agencies.
Jeff Sessions also denounced high-profile leaks about Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders. On Thursday, The Washington Post published complete transcripts of Trump’s highly-detailed phone calls with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Sessions said he respects the press and the role of the press, but that he will pursue all legal means to find the leakers who send information to the media.
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