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Senate panel backs bill to stem security leaks
Senate panel backs intelligence bill, add provisions to clamp down on national security leaks
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate Intelligence committee has approved legislation designed to clamp down on national security leaks.

The panel met in closed session late Tuesday and voted 14-1 for the bill, which also authorizes funds for the nation's spy agencies. The committee released information about the bill Wednesday.

It would restrict the number of employees in the intelligence community authorized to talk to reporters and prohibit current and former intelligence officials from doing contract work with the news media.

It also would require the executive branch to notify Congress when it authorizes disclosure of certain intelligence information. And it would give new authority to the Director of National Intelligence to proactively identify leaks and take action.

Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two attorneys to identify recent national security leaks.

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