[ISN] Task force will work to plug leaks with technology

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Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 22:35:20 PST

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    By Wilson P. Dizard III 
    GCN Staff
    Attorney General John Ashcroft last week set up an interagency task
    force to find administrative, legislative and advanced technological
    means of preventing leaks of classified information.
    The Justice Department will lead the effort along with the CIA; the
    State, Energy and Defense departments; and other federal agencies that
    handle classified materials.
    Leaks do substantial damage to the security interests of the nation,
    Ashcroft said in a statement. As a government, we must try to find
    more effective measures to deal with this damaging practice, including
    measures to prevent it.
    The leak probe, mandated by the fiscal 2002 Intelligence Authorization
    Act, calls for a report to Congress by May 1 recommending
    administrative changes, new legislation if necessary, and civil and
    criminal punishments for leaks.
    The act also directs the attorney general to report to Congress on
    whether recent developments in technology, and anticipated
    developments, necessitate particular modifications of current
    protections against the unauthorized disclosure of classified
    The recent history of classified leaks generally indicates
    congressional and White House sources.
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