Top U.S. Intelligence Official, Tightens Security Rules to Avert Leaks to Media
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday mandated new measures, including lie-detector tests, to prevent and detect unauthorized leaks of sensitive national security information to reporters.
The move is an attempt by Clapper to take the Central Intelligence Agency’s strict policy regarding leaks of classified information and apply it to employees of the Intelligence Community.
The Intelligence Community is a coalition of 17 agencies and organizations within the executive branch, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and the National Security Agency.
Clapper’s move comes in the wake of news reports derived from leaked information about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and an alleged al-Qaida plot to bomb a U.S.-bound flight.