WASHINGTON -- A House bill to authorize spending on intelligence contains a provision designed to help stem further leaks of classified information by Americans with security clearances.
The provision, by Rep.
The study also would seek to determine if "any legal barriers exist to detecting such threats in advance and what, if any, legislative remedies may be available."
The language and other provisions in the bill, including a $75-million increase for “insider threat detection," are in response to the flood of disclosures by
Critics say the attempts to stop leaks confuse the role of whistle-blowers and others seeking to expose government abuses with the work of foreign spies.
“We need to ensure the continuous monitoring of those with security clearances, both for signs of espionage and for signs of public disclosures like what we saw with Edward Snowden,” said Rep.
of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee. “We need to guard against the insider threat.”
The bill passed the House intelligence committee with bipartisan support, officials said. The vote came on the same day it emerged that the Obama administration has ordered a government-wide review of the nearly 5 million people who hold security clearances.