FIRST ON CNN: Director of national intelligence expected to roll out new measures against leaks
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
June 25th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Director of national intelligence expected to roll out new measures against leaks

By Suzanne Kelly

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is expected to roll out new measures aimed at ending leaks of classified information after a spate of recent leaks.

Those leaks affected an ongoing intelligence operation against the al Qaeda arm in Yemen back in May, and included recent disclosures about the classified drone program and a cyber warfare program known as Stuxnet, aimed at an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility.

A source tells CNN that Clapper believes the source of such leaks span multiple government agencies, departments and branches of government.

While the new measures are expected to apply only to the intelligence community that Clapper oversees, they are not expected to apply to members of the National Security Council, who advise the president on sensitive and classified programs.

Separately, the FBI is conducting its own investigation of two leaks - the report about a mole who helped thwart a Yemen bomb plot targeting the United States, and the other about how the United States and Israel were behind Stuxnet, the mysterious computer virus that caused Iranian nuclear centrifuges to spin out of control.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona has accused the White House of leaking classified information in an effort to make the president appear tough on national security just months before the presidential election.

White House officials have emphatically denied the claims, and some high-profile Democratic lawmakers have come to their defense.

Clapper has met with the top-ranking members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees in recent weeks and is expected back on Capitol Hill again this week to detail the new measures.

CNN has previously reported that one expected measure will call for an enhanced counterintelligence polygraph test, and for a specific question about whether an employee has disclosed classified information to a member of the media to be added to that test.

Clapper is expected to call on others in Washington who have expressed outrage over the leaks in recent weeks to follow suit and implement tougher measures of their own.

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    July 12, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  3. Mike W

    I know General Clapper very well...he's stuck between a rock and a hard place here. His President continues to diminish our intelligence agencies and outsources intelligence to the New York Times. He is a great American serving an Anti-American administration who needs to be defeated by all means possible this election cycle (except fraudulent voting...leave that to the dems.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  4. Mmmmm

    Breaking News!!!! New law makes it illegal for people to commit illegal acts.

    Thank goodness we have these agencies. Otherwise we would never have rules on government officials leaking classified information, the prevention of congressmen from using insider trading for personal gain, and other similar acts which clearly need rules to be considered "wrong."

    And for who ever it is that committed these nefarious acts, no worries, statistically speaking you'll be reelected. Then people that voted them in or didnt vote at all will complain about how much our leaders suck.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  5. gtothreg

    We need to stop these leaks! How is the government expected to break its own laws and international laws if there are people who can leak this information to the masses??!!?!?!. Hitler was at least lucky enough to not have to deal with all this new technology that makes leaking illegal actions by his government easy. If only the US could get this stuff under control, then politicians, mafia, or extremely rich people could then concentrate their power into an exclusive all powerful secret society of governing and could take over the world for their benefit. GO USA!!!!!

    June 25, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  6. TheTruthIsOutThere

    How about they give a polygraph to every member of the White house staff, and every congressman and staff member. That is where the problems lie, not with the Intelligence Community.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Jimmy

      How about news agencies like CNN stop printing information they receive for "sources unnamed because they are not authorized to speak on the topic". That is a broad category, and certainly a sure route for any leak intended for public consumption...

      June 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  7. dreamer96

    Will they be giving that lie detector test to the members of Congress too..

    I wonder how many gallons of sweat you can get from a Congress Member hooked up to a lie detector...and how many pounds or swearing come out of their mouths, as they finally have to tell the truth..and don't forget the aids and staff of the Congress members, or the lobbyists, or former Congress members, that get insider information past to them by old friends in Congress...Like how much does Newt Gingrich know...Karl Rove, Grover Norquist..

    June 25, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
  8. Freedom Ring

    If you guys want something that is really important to investigate... not this kiddie stuff... look at the information that the CIA received around 2006 via a fax from Clovis, CA.. The CIA had a satellite visual landmark of where OBL was & it took them 5+ years to act on that information. Information that was coming from the same person who had alerted U.S. authorities back in 1992 that A.Q. was about to do something big.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Seyedibar

      that's not exactly news. It was well publicized at the time.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  9. bam

    but Leaking Valerie Plame by cheney was ok.... cuz it was revenge by Dictators bush/cheney

    June 25, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
  10. PJ

    LEAK about Stuxnet? Oh please- it was patently obvious from the Code as to who wrote Stuxnet and why. And now Flame- incompetently deployed- is giving our enemies VAST new abilities to destroy American infrastructure. Maybe the Director of National Incompetence should be worried about two things: 1. Israel hijacking America's National Security priorities- THEY are NOT OUR problem, and, 2. Hiring politically connected schlubs to do work that would be better performed by QUALIFIED people.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • seriously

      what parts of the code were the red flag? Have you even looked at any of the code? Seriously – do you even work in malware analysis/RE? I seriously doubt you have any experience in their field or have looked at stuxnet or flame code – if you did, you wouldn't post such silly comments.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • dreamer96

        Funny but a basic program like netstat can tell you which ports are open on a Microsoft system...and who they are sending data to...

        June 25, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Thinker23

      Apparently, PJ looked at the actual code and discovered that it was written in HEBREW...

      June 25, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • NeverLift

        Yeah, it was the absence of vowels that did it. Its real name was t'nx'ts. Goyem read it backwards

        June 25, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  11. Lou Cypher

    How simply holding officers and politicians accountable to the same standards
    that ordinary civilians and enlisted personnel follow?

    If you mishandle classified info, you lose your job and go to jail. Simply end exceptions for privileged people.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  12. larry5

    They can't plug the leaks until after the election, can they? Especially if the polls show a close race.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  13. NODAT1

    What the point????? Whatever "new" rules are put in place ranking political leaders have already conferenced in lawyers to see how they can skirt the new rules to ensure that business as usual in DC

    June 25, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  14. Guido V.

    There's no need for new rules, just a NEW PRESIDENT, with America and it's citizens as a priority.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Mike NCMS

      I met James Clapper in a NCMS meeting two years ago – My impression : He didn't even know where he was, who he was addressing, and sounded like an imbicile.

      I wasn't impressed then, and certainly am not impressed now.

      June 25, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • Jamun_55

        I worked mr, Clapper a number of years back. Not. Only is he highly thought of as a leader, he is extremely intelligent. I cannot imagine that he did not know who he was addressing.

        In my opinion, it is a waste of his time to have to have new measures enacted for security leaks. If there is a leak and are able to identify the source, arrest the individuals involved. The person(s) know that it is a breach of national security and the consequences should be severe. Case closed. It should not matter if the leak was to a foreign government or the media as lives may be at stake.

        June 25, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • bam

      yeah like mittens who puts profit > people and when I say people I mean Corporation too....
      cuz Corporations are people too. they are my friend.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  15. Sagebrush Shorty

    Your tax dollars at work by The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Mike

      The Seals shot pretty straight, now didn't they!

      June 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  16. Jeb

    These rules won't apply to the white house which is where the leaks are occurring. The political operatives who are leaking this information have an agenda of protecting their jobs, so to get them to respond to 'national security' won't be easy short of revealing them and sending them to jail.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
    • Larry Trickel

      The rules are already in place. The problem is Eric Holder and the incompetent DOJ.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • bam

      yes holder for stopping the BUSH gun sales to mexican drug lords agenda. but hey we all eat foxfacts and blame obama.

      Valerie Plame deserved the bush/cheney dictatorship to go into revenge mode on her cuz that is what dictators do.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  17. chuck

    So I guess that nuclear weapon design and where they are stored and the codes to set them off should not be secret nor the controls in place to protect them. Come on morons the government has to have secrets. Get over it

    June 25, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
  18. Don

    Secrets are maintained to protect information from other countries, not to keep our citizens uniformed. If you want Secrets to be known by only US citizens, come up with a plan that guarentees the info does not go out of US control (and stop complaining). Do that, your problem is solved. Failure to come up with one forces our government to continue classifying the info (remember the right to see the info should only extend to a US citizen – not a citizen from another country).

    June 25, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  19. Norm

    How many times do we see in a news article.."the name of the source could not be given because they weren't authorized to comment".
    That means someone was being paid to leak classified information.
    The media needs to be accountable in certain situations. These people accepting bribes to give out information are traitors and should be treated as such.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
  20. Richard

    I wouldn't be so hasty if I were Obama. He might need to leak more information before Nov...

    June 25, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
  21. Bill

    The insatiable thirst for all the gory details about just about everything by the media is what needs to get stopped!! I guess these media folks get all upset about having to report on pink elephant birthday cakes at some silly hollywood bash, but when it comes to what the US is doing against it's avowed enemies, we need to keep it tight and maybe even throw in a red herring.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • Scott B

      I personally would like to know what actions my government is taking and who is responsible for them so I can voted in an educated manner. Just trusting the government on blind faith isn't good enough. Maybe we should stop playing all these games all over the world and we wouldn't have so many dirty secrets to keep.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
      • Norm

        What good would it do you to know a slice of information about something you basically know nothing about.
        The reason why decisions are made by experts and the full story and consequences behind those decisions.
        What makes you think you're qualified to decide who does what and for what reason.

        June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am |
  22. Richp

    New rules, whats wrong with the old ones, hanging or firing squad, those rules always worked pretty well, Hanging a few elected officials after removing their immunity clauses might cut down on the ego driven security breaches....

    June 25, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • DvlDog5150

      My friend- the "leaks" of "classified" information were leaks regarding programs and activities that were being conducted by the government your and my tax dollars pays for and that were highly questionable- if not illegal. Please let me know your thoughts as to the US and NATO giving money and support to Al Qaeda in Syria and Libya- please let me know your thoughts to the use of our troops to guard and harvest opium in Afghanistan which is then transported to former Balkan states on CIA C-130 transports for distribution in the drug networks in Europe and the US. History is chock full of illegal activities conducted by our government which they try to hide behind the cloak of "national security" while they create imaginary threats that enable them to erode your rights here at home. Without whistle blowers being brave enough to step forward and call out these nefarious activities we would remain just like they wanted- a population of ignorant comatose sheep who post hair brained comments like yours.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
      • twang

        Im glad there are some intelligent people still out there..I guess they havent brainwashed everyone yet.Maybe someday the thinkers will unite

        June 25, 2012 at 8:23 am |
      • Don

        Wow, you definately have been reading too much fiction. It has clouded your perception of reality. Realy, US C-130s are transporting drugs out of Afghanistan? US and NATO giving arms to syrian opposition? Maybe some individual NATO countries have done so, but as a whole, do you realize 28 countries would have to be in on your theory? Pure fantesy

        June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • Richard

      Because given the choice, a Democrat never met a new rule, restriction, ban or law they didn't love.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
      • Norm

        Oh Richard (Dick)...I bet you cry yourself to sleep every night since Fox shut down the comments over there at cesssspool central...

        June 25, 2012 at 9:04 am |
      • Cedar Rapids

        just so we are clear here richard. you are against extra procedures being put in place to stop military intelligence leaks?

        June 25, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  23. Mike

    Not going to stop WHITE HOUSE or DOTUS from running their yappers. Easy solution. Do what we did 60 yrs ago..hanging high......send a message and it will probably stop.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:51 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Your callous disregard for human life can only mean that you're a Foxtard regular.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  24. Scott B

    This more of that government transparency I was promised?

    June 25, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
  25. Happy Soldier


    June 25, 2012 at 7:45 am | Reply
  26. Joseph

    Make sure to add some rules that give strict punishments to those in office,having torture videos destroyed,and 1,000s of internal emails disappearing.No private cell phones for Senators and Congressmen.No private unrecorded meetings while in office.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:43 am | Reply
    • Norm

      SSHHHHHH,,.....we aren't allowed to mention the Bush years.
      Everything bad in government is new and Obama is the first to do it.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  27. longtooth

    Amazing how many think they have a right to know all government secrets. Without secrets, you may as well dismantle the FBI,CIA, State Dept and the entire military.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • twang

      Sounds like a good idea.The dismantling part that is.YOU sound like a government paid nazi

      June 25, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
      • Norm

        This coming from someone named "Twang".
        The extremely low IQ of people like you is why our government doesn't bother to inform the population of everything they do.

        June 25, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  28. abnguy

    The leaks will be fixed starting in November.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Yes because Obama will get re-elected and the GOPhers will have to wait another four years before they try to bring the country to it's knees.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
      • twang

        I knew a re tar d named NORM. IS that you NORM?

        June 25, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  29. Reality Check

    How are some of these leaks? Stuxnet was found by computer security experts and was found beyond its intended targets and the existence of drones has been widely reported for years and with the emergence of police departments and Homeland Security looking to use drones here, it is not much of a leap to ask how they are used elsewhere. Also, being manmade complex things, they sometimes fail out in the wild for anyone to see..

    THe Pakistani doctor and Yemeni intelligence do seem like a case of loose lips.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
  30. rick1948

    Only need two rules. Rule 1: Find the leakers. Rule 2: Shoot them.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • perspective

      Ignoranus. No one leaked stuxnet or info on drones. The virus we released on Iran had a lot of errors and revealed itself online. Drones have been around for a while, the Iranians know all about them as well as everyone else in the world, what is there to leak?

      June 25, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  31. ABACUS

    i mean Hector! (same thing)

    June 25, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
  32. super

    we have the dam right to no what the goverment is hiding from us if they hide it there committing fraud i bet

    June 25, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • rick1948

      Nice try, but you have NO right to know (see, I can even spell it correctly) government secrets. That's why they're called SECRETS. Why is it that you have a problem with the government keeping information from you, but you seem to be OK with the rich and big business doing the same thing so they can defraud you of more money?

      June 25, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
      • Scott B

        You must be confused on where the power in a supposedly democratic system is supposed to lie. With the people. How are people supposed to be able to vote on their representatives in an educated fashion when many of the activities those people take part in are legally a secret from those people?

        June 25, 2012 at 7:54 am |
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    • Norm

      If the government had to run everything by you before they made a wouldn't even have time to sleep.
      Let's get real people. A very small fraction posting here, hardly even have a grasp of the English language, much less the IQ to run a country.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  33. ABACUS

    don't forget Hesus wouldn't know about Gov Secrets cuz Mexico doesn't have any Secrets to Protect! lol

    June 25, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
  34. Ken

    In a free country where the government is elected by the people there can be no secrets. How can the citizens make educated votes when so much information is withheld? They cannot. The premise of a Democracy, either direct or representative, becomes nothing more than a mirage.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
    • snowdogg

      The intelligence community uses the "need to know" principal to theoretically limit access to classified data. The average citizen has no need to know re: data concerning national security issues.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Most people commenting here will cast their vote this November , based on the color of the candidate's skin.
      I don't think there's all that much concern about our country's secret operations.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
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    June 25, 2012 at 6:51 am | Reply
  37. 22X Richer

    It's called disclosure of classified information and is already illegal. Why do we need yet another law on the books to cover something that is illegal?

    June 25, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      Did you even bother to read the article? He isn't making 'another law', he is changing the rules regarding polygraph screening to try to find the people who have leaked information.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  38. patw2100

    I assume these rules will be in place until the next Republican is elected President at which time they will be considered an assault on the freedom of speech.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:20 am | Reply
  39. hector

    arn't we suppose to have a transparent government with no secrecy?

    June 25, 2012 at 5:13 am | Reply
    • Thomas

      Of course not. Where did you ever get the idea that our government should not secure sensitive national security information?

      June 25, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
      • snowdogg

        You are correct.

        June 25, 2012 at 7:23 am |
      • whatever

        There is a fine line between keeping secrets for national security and hiding the truth to coverup crimes. That was the whole point of protecting whistle blowers in this country. What Crimes came out of wiki leaks? How bout our troops killing a journalists in Iraq? It doesn't stop there they also shot everyone including children who came to take those still alive to the hospital. Don't you remember when they found the shot up little girl this piece going over the radio "they shouldn't have brought her to a battlefield" yet that Battlefield is their city, their home. No the US is just trying to hide it's dirty little secrets so all the idiots like you can have a clear conscience and think we are doing the patriotic thing by killing brown people in a far off land.

        June 25, 2012 at 7:43 am |
      • Norm

        whatever....those people shouldn't be living in a war zone.
        If you're not smart enough to get out before the shooting're responsible for what happens next.
        Insensitive? Maybe.... Reality? Definitely....

        June 25, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • isolationist

      National security is one thing. Multinational security is not our business.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:15 am | Reply
  40. jsmith234512

    Isn't leaking classified intelligence a felony? I'm pretty sure it is

    June 25, 2012 at 4:47 am | Reply
    • Thomas

      Unfortunately, members of congress are not held to the same security standards of people in the IC. Until that changes, nothing will change.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:10 am | Reply
      • 22X Richer

        Uh, don't forget the WH.

        June 25, 2012 at 6:32 am |
      • Norm

        The White House doesn't leak their own secrets.
        The Republicans trying to make Obama look bad for political gains.......sure.

        June 25, 2012 at 9:57 am |

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