Concerns from the White House have led the Senate Intelligence Committee to drop several anti-leak measures from the 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act on Friday. The worries, according to Politico, had little to do with nurturing transparency, and a lot more to do with having effective anti-leak rules in place.
The measures, Politico reports, would've banned background and off-the-record briefings by low-level government officials to the media, require intelligence agents to report all contact with the media, and allow the government to strip pensions from anyone found to be negligent in protecting classified information, even if the breach wasn't criminal in nature.
Those measures would've affected the entire intelligence community, except the White House, according to Politico.
Transparency advocates are cautiously satisfied with the measures being dropped. The Sunshine in Government Initiative told Politico that the measures would've had too much of a negative impact on news reporting, but expect similar measures to make a return next year.Via Politico