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US intelligence officials looking into suspected new spy leak

Published on Aug 6, 2014 6:23 AM
 
Activists wearing masks featuring US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden at a rally on May 22, 2014, in Berlin. US intelligence officials were considering on Tuesday whether to open a criminal investigation into the suspected leak of a classified counterterrorism document to a website. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US intelligence officials were considering on Tuesday whether to ask the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into the suspected leak of a classified counterterrorism document to a website, a US official familiar with the matter said.

The intelligence officials were preparing a criminal referral over the publication on The Intercept website of a document that provides a statistical breakdown of the types of people whose names and personal information appear on two government data networks listing people with supposed connections to militants, the official said.

The document was published by The Intercept on Tuesday, but because it was dated August 2013, some US media reports speculate that a second leaker besides former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had begun to send classified documents from inside the US intelligence community to the media.

An official familiar with the matter said, however, that the government does not know for sure that a second leaker exists.

 
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