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House to consider legislation to target leakers of classified information

[JURIST] US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) [official website], speaking [PDF text] before the conservative Heritage Foundation [advocacy website] on Monday, called for a "comprehensive law" to punish those who leak sensitive government information. Hoekstra said that the committee will hold hearings later this year on ways to prevent leaks, adding that intentional leaks of classified information have "probably done more damage to the intelligence community" than espionage. Democrats have been calling for stepped-up investigations into leaks after a newspaper column revealed the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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