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Jun 10, 2013

If past is any indicator, ex-NSA contractor may escape long jail term

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans accused of divulging secrets to the media have escaped long prison sentences, a pattern that may reassure Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs last week.

In the nine such criminal cases in U.S. history, two people served no prison time, one person was sentenced to 10 months in a halfway house and three defendants received sentences of about two years. Three cases are unresolved, including that of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, the accused source of secret files given to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Jun 10, 2013

In Hong Kong, ex-CIA man may not escape U.S. reach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden’s decision to flee to Hong Kong as he prepared to expose the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs may not save him from prosecution due to an extradition treaty in force since 1998.

A 29-year-old former CIA employee, Snowden has identified himself as the person who gave the Guardian and the Washington Post classified documents about how the U.S. National Security Agency obtained data from U.S. telecom and Internet companies.

Jun 9, 2013

Attorney general under pressure to open more leak inquiries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round of investigations into media leaks, the very issue that consumed him for the last month and led to renewed calls for his resignation.

U.S. officials said Holder will undoubtedly be called upon to identify leakers who gave a secret court order to Britain’s Guardian newspaper and a document describing surveillance methods to both the Guardian and the Washington Post.

Jun 9, 2013

U.S. attorney general under pressure to open more leak inquiries

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round
of investigations into media leaks, the very issue that consumed
him for the last month and led to renewed calls for his
resignation.

U.S. officials said Holder will undoubtedly be called upon
to identify leakers who gave a secret court order to Britain’s
Guardian newspaper and a document describing surveillance
methods to both the Guardian and the Washington Post.

Jun 6, 2013

Congress was briefed on Verizon records: Attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that members of Congress were fully briefed on the intelligence-gathering program that included the daily collection of telephone records from Verizon Communications.

Holder, the chief law enforcement official, said it would not be appropriate for him to say anything more in a public forum about the program. Britain’s Guardian newspaper published on Wednesday a secret court order related to the collection of records of millions of Verizon customers.

Jun 6, 2013

Congress was briefed on Verizon records -U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder said on Thursday that members of Congress were fully
briefed on the intelligence-gathering program that included the
daily collection of telephone records from Verizon
Communications.

Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement official, said it
would not be appropriate for him to say anything more in a
public forum about the program. Britain’s Guardian newspaper
published on Wednesday a secret court order related to the
collection of records of millions of Verizon customers.

Jun 4, 2013

Search of reporter’s email may haunt U.S. in leak case: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lawyer for a former U.S. State Department contract analyst accused of leaking state secrets threatened in court on Tuesday to try to block evidence that he said the government may have improperly seized from a reporter.

Lawyer Abbe Lowell’s client, Stephen Kim, faces trial under an anti-espionage law on charges that he told Fox News reporter James Rosen how U.S. intelligence officials believed North Korea would react to heightened sanctions.

Jun 3, 2013

Obama administration disputes charge attorney general lied

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Monday pushed backed against Republican accusations that
Attorney General Eric Holder lied during a congressional
appearance last month about his involvement in leak
investigations that involved reporters.

Republican lawmakers have called Holder’s credibility into
question by alleging that he failed to tell the truth in
testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
about the Justice Department’s secret seizures of journalist
records.

Jun 3, 2013

White House dismisses new criticism of Attorney General Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday dismissed a new round of criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder over whether he lied under oath and mishandled leak probes that have focused on reporters.

Holder’s credibility has been called into question over allegations from Republicans that he failed to tell the truth in testimony to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee about the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of journalist phone records.

May 31, 2013

After news editor boycott, U.S. attorney general loosens rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder loosened his rules for speaking with media editors on Friday during a second day of meetings with them about his Justice Department’s handling of investigations that involve reporters, the editors said.

Representatives from Reuters and ABC News met with Holder, the chief U.S. law enforcement officer, and his staff following recent disclosures that federal prosecutors seized records from two other media outlets without advance notice.