James Clapper—Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence—is said to be in what a former intelligence official called frequent and “highly, highly unusual” contact with a ranking junior intelligence officer who sits at the center of a growing scandal over rosy portrayals of the Pentagon’s war against Islamic State.
Current and former members of U.S. intelligence services who cite news reports based on leaks in any of their public statements now face penalties and the possible loss of access and security clearances.
The Senate Intelligence Committee this week proposed 12 provisions to the 2013 intelligence authorization bill intended to make what government does at the federal level even more secretive than it already is.
Retired Adm. Dennis Blair is expected to announce his resignation after less than a year and a half on the job. The national intelligence director, who oversees 16 intelligence agencies, had his share of run-ins with the administration in that time.