UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a government-wide crackdown on leakers.
Making the announcement on Aug. 4, Sessions said that the Department of Justice would implement a broad crackdown on unauthorized disclosures of classified information.
He demanded that the “culture of leaking must stop.”
The attorney general said that the DOJ and intelligence agencies would focus more resources on investigating government leaks and would prioritize prosecuting those that pass sensitive information to the press.
Sessions also offered a stern warning to members of the press, saying, “We respect the important role that the press has and we give them respect, but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.”
President Trump’s tenure has been marked by a number of high-profile leaks, and he has publicly pressured Sessions to be more aggressive in prosecuting illegal government leaks.