House Intelligence Chief Weighs Leak Legislation

Republican House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra, of Mich., told a conservative audience today at the Heritage Foundation that “deliberate leaks of classified information have “probably done more damage to the intelligence community” than espionage. He said he wants to create a culture where “zero tolerance” is the norm.”

It’s time there is a comprehensive law that will make it easier for the government to prosecute wrongdoers and increase the penalties, which hopefully will act as a deterrent for people thinking about sharing information,” he added.

Hoekstra’s comments came as Democrats called for congressional investigations into the headline-grabbing leak of a covert CIA operative’s identity during the run-up to the Iraq war.

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