U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s move is an attempt by Clapper to take the Central Intelligence Agency’s strict policy regarding leaks of classified information and apply it to employees of the Intelligence Community.
The Intelligence Community is a coalition of 17 agencies and organizations within the executive branch, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and the National Security Agency.
From now on, the polygraph test for anyone seeking a classified clearance for any intelligence service will include a specific question regarding contact with journalists and unauthorized leaks to the media.
“These efforts will reinforce our professional values by sending a strong message that intelligence personnel always have, and always will, hold ourselves to the highest standard of professionalism,” said Clapper. “It is my sincere hope that others across the government will follow our lead. It is the right thing to do on behalf of the American people and in the interest of our national security.”
Read the rest of Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube’s report at MSNBC.