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U.S. Senate, FBI to investigate who leaked national security information to New York Times



The U.S. Senate is going to investigate who leaked national security information to The New York Times for recent articles about terrorism and cyberwarfare and Iran, The New York Times reported.

The Senate's Armed Services Committee said it would conduct hearings after Republican Senators demanded an investigation into who disclosed the confidential information. The FBI also reportedly has opened an investigation into the information leaks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. Senate is going to investigate who leaked national security information to The New York Times for recent articles about terrorism and cyberwarfare and Iran, The New York Times reported.

The Senate's Armed Services Committee said it would conduct hearings after Republican Senators demanded an investigation into who disclosed the confidential information. The FBI also reportedly has opened an investigation into the information leaks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Republican politicians contended that the Obama administration had leaked the information itself in an attempt to make the president look good during the lead-up to the presidential elections, said the Huffington Post and Poynter. In response to the accusations, the White House said that "any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible,” added the Huffington Post.

The Obama administration has a track record of aggressively going after anyone who leaks information to the press. During Obama's three-and-a-half years as president, six whistleblowers have been charged under the Espionage Act for leaking classified information -- that's more people prosecuted than under all previous administrations combined.



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