U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
U.S. spy chief bans employees from talking to journalists

WASHINGTON — A new policy bars employees of U.S. spy agencies from providing reporters with "intelligence information," even if it is unclassified, without first getting official permission. Employees who violate the directive, which was issued on March 20 by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, face disciplinary action or firing. Critics said the order adds to a climate in which intelligence agency employees face greater risk in trying to help the public understand what the government is doing. The order results from congressional demands to plug intelligence leaks after media outlets in 2012 revealed the Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear...