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Flashback: Obama prosecuted staff leakers, gave lie-detector tests, 'paranoid'

• https://www.washingtonexaminer.com by Paul Bedard

According to reports at the time from even New York Times journalists, no administration was tougher on leakers and punishing to the media than Obama's, a saga reinforced by reporters who have called Trump's team more forthcoming.

Criticism of Obama's attacks on the media and leakers did not just come in tweets and TV appearances by journalists but in an official report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, authored by former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.

"This is the most closed, control freak administration I've ever covered," said David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times, in the report.

USA Today said of the report, it "portrays an administration gripped by strict policies about information flow and paranoid about leaks across all executive branch departments."

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