Chaffetz on intel leakers: ‘put them in handcuffs’


After a 25-year-old federal contractor with the NSA was arrested Monday for leaking classified information regarding Russia’s attempts to hack the 2016 Presidential election, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) demands federal agencies take a harder line on preventing leaks.

Chaffetz is incredulous at the lack of safeguards protecting classified information, given the amount of people with access to that information. While disgusted by the 25-year-old leaker, Chaffetz wasn’t necessarily surprised. He voiced his displeasure in an interview with Fox News:

“They have hundreds of thousands of people that have security clearances that can do simply that. There are supposed to be safeguards in there and when we talk to the State Department and we talk to the talk to the Department of Justice, talk to the NSA, they assure you that they have all of these safeguards. How many times do we have to see this story happen? They obviously don’t. I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, I don’t care what administration. When you have classified information, you cannot put that out there just because you think it would be a good idea. I want people in handcuffs, and I want to see people behind bars.”

Chaffetz also wants to go after those who leak information, “just because they think it is a good idea.”

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