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NSA: List of official leaks to the media is classified


The agency claimed in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from an anti-secrecy advocate that it could not give out a list of programs that it had previously decided were safe for the media to report on, "because its disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security."

Steven Aftergood, the director of the Federation of American Scientists' government secrecy project, had asked the NSA for a copy of any notifications sent to Congress in the last year about authorized leaks of intelligence information to the media. By law, intelligence officials are required to notify Congress if they intentionally give reporters classified information.

But the NSA said it couldn't tell Aftergood what it had told other reporters.

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