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Anti-Leak Bill Gets Presidential Veto
Source: Washington File, U.S. Department of State, November 8, 2000. Excerpt of Pentagon Spokesman's regular briefing, November 7, 2000.
Responding to a question on the Defense Department's reaction to President Clinton's veto of the Intelligence Authorization Act's provisions on leaking of classified information, Bacon said there were obvious differences on "the best way" to stop leaks, but he stressed that "the weight of opinion was that we have to do a better job of controlling leaks than we have."
He said the president's veto message alluded to misclassification of information that led to his veto of the bill, legislation which some felt was "too sweeping" and "too clumsy." However, Bacon said, "Many of the leaks that have been published in the last few years have been damaging leaks based on legitimately classified information." Such leaks, he said, reveal sources and methods and make it harder for the United States to deal with its allies in intelligence-sharing operations.