National Intelligence Director Condemns Leaks

    National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the current and future threats to national security.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    The secret surveillance program that has allowed the National Security Agency to obtain millions of Americans’ phone records and even more Internet searches was top secret for a reason. In a rare late-night statement Thursday, director of National Intelligence James Clapper condemned the leak of highly classified documents detailing the U.S. government’s surveillance program as “reprehensible.” “The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation,” Clapper said, insisting that the phone-tracking program that’s had the country up in arms is not only completely legal but necessary to intercept terrorist activities.

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