The Trump administration is fed up with the ongoing leaks coming from the White House and is announcing a crackdown.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, are holding a news conference at the Justice Department Friday morning. Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and William Evanina, the government’s top counterintelligence executive are also participating in the briefing.
“I strongly agree with the president, and condemn in the strongest terms the staggering number of leaks undermining the ability of our government to protect this country,” Sessions stated.
“No government can be effective when its leaders cannot discuss sensitive matters in confidence,” he continued.
“We are here today to talk about the dramatic growth in the number of unauthorized disclosures of classified national security information in the past several months, including leaks to both the media and, in some cases, to our foreign adversaries,” Sessions stated.
He said the number of criminal unauthorized disclosures reported within the past six months is already more than the past three years combined.
“This culture of leaking must stop,” Sessions demanded.
“The Department of Justice is open for business,” Sessions warned, sending the message to any would-be leakers: “Don’t do it.”
He said we must balance the press’s role with protecting the nation’s security.
“This nation must end this culture of leaks. We will investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice. We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country.”
“Leakers will be held accountable,” Sessions warned.
This is a developing story. Watch the ongoing press conference below.
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