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America’s Top Spy Bans the Press

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How's this for transparency? James Clapper, director of national intelligence, issued a ban to almost the entire intelligence community, including the CIA and NSA, on "contact with the media about intelligence-related information, including intelligence sources, methods, activities, and judgments," regardless of classification. Violators could be prosecuted by the Justice Department or charged with a security violation, and only authorized employees will be allowed to speak with the press. In January, Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that after Edward Snowden's leaks, "we must lean in the direction of transparency, wherever and whenever we can."