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  • Obama administration tightens grip on intelligence

    The Obama administration has tightened its control over intelligence - including unclassified information - by setting limits on officials' interactions with the media.


  • **FILE** Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican (Associated Press)

    'Classification inflation' at Pentagon under investigation: GAO

    Congressional auditors said Wednesday they are launching a first-of-its-kind review of the system for safeguarding national security secrets, with a view to measuring the scale of a widely understood but unquantified problem — "classification inflation."


  • Pentagon urges workers to delete secrets found in public

    Taking a hard line after devastating leaks, the Pentagon is ordering workers to delete from their computers any classified information they find online and warning it will punish those who confirm secrets already in the public domain, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Guardian.


  • Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    U.S. intel budget topped $75 billion in 2012

    The U.S. spent $75.4 billion on its military and civilian spy agencies in the last fiscal year, officials announced Tuesday.


  • ** FILE ** Rep. Richard Nugent, Florida Republican, center, accompanied by Rep. Austin Scott, Georgia Republican, right, and Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan., 24, 2012, to discuss the budget. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Congressional fight gives peek at intelligence spending

    Most of the recent battles over government spending have been dramatic, bloody and excruciatingly fought in public, but disputes over the approximately $80 billion budgeted every year for the intelligence community has generally been hidden - until now.


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses qualified pilots to operate Predator drones for surveillance along the border. Under the FAA Reauthorization Act, drones eventually could be used by police agencies and private companies across the U.S. (Associated Press)

    Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's ... a drone, and it's watching you. That's what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.


  • Former CIA officer John Kiriakou (right) and his attorneys, Plato Cacheris (left) and John Hundley, leave federal court Monday in Alexandria. In the latest criminal case in the Obama administration's effort to punish leakers, Mr. Kiriakou was charged Monday with disclosing classified secrets about his teammates to the media. (Associated Press)

    Ex-CIA official accused of leaks

    The Obama administration is using a century-old anti-spying law to prosecute federal workers for leaking secrets to the media, drawing criticism that the law is draconian and the prosecutions are chilling efforts to report news.


  • Manning

    Manning documents reveal security lapses

    Court documents in the case of an Army intelligence analyst accused of giving classified files to WikiLeaks show a catalog of problems in the Army's handling of classified materials in war zones, especially the use of supposedly secure computer networks.


  • Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (Associated Press)

    Government's espionage case against NSA official stumbles

    Government prosecutors announced a last-minute plea bargain Thursday evening in a high-profile leak case against a senior National Security Agency official, dropping almost all the charges in a decision hailed by government-transparency advocates as ending a case of Obama administration overreach.


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