An ex-CIA worker’s exposure of a once-secret U.S. electronic surveillance program has spawned a criminal investigation and congressional questions about the ability of a low-level employee to breach national security.
With the security contractor and ex- CIA worker who revealed a once-secret U.S. electronic surveillance program having fled overseas, the government is investigating the leak and seeking to contain damage.
Under pressure from lawmakers and the news media, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gathered his top aides last week to deliver a message: He was fine, and they all needed to stay focused and get their work done.
Attorney General Eric Holder told U.S. news organizations he’ll consider tightening rules on when and how federal investigators may seize telephone records and other information to identify reporters’ confidential sources.
The U.S. Justice Department official supervising an investigation of national security leaks to the news media said the government struck the right balance when it subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors without informing the news organization.
Under pressure from lawmakers and journalism groups for the Justice Department’s subpoena of reporters’ telephone records, the Obama administration sought to revive a bill to help journalists protect confidential sources.
President Barack Obama installed James Cole as deputy U.S. attorney general, the nation’s second- ranking law enforcement post, by appointing him during the congressional recess to overcome Republican opposition.