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NSA Chief Wants There To Be a Way To Stop Reporters "Selling" Secrets

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NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander said during an interview with the Defense Department's "Armed With Science" blog that he wants there to be a way stop reporters "selling" intelligence secrets.

Before making the comment on selling secrets, Gen. Alexander outlined his concern:

My concern is the revealing of these programs allow terrorists to know the best weapons that we have against them. It will cause irreversible and significant damage, and it means that terrorists now have an upper edge in conducting attacks probably in Europe and potentially in the United States, and our ability to stop them is reduced. And so when people die those that are responsible for leaking it are the ones that should be held accountable.

Later, Gen. Alexander says that "We ought to come up with a way of stopping" reporters selling documents:

I think it's wrong that newspaper reporters have all these documents, 50,000 or whatever they have, and are selling them and giving them out as if these…you know it just doesn't make sense. We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don't know how to do that, that's more of the courts and the policy makers, but from my perspective it's wrong, and to allow this to go on is wrong.

Watch the interview below:

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