Loose Lips: Tightening Up OnSecrets

Tightening up on secrets

Like many of its predecessors, the Reagan Administration would like to clamp down on the unofficial disclosure of sensitive Government information. That intention received a major boost last week when the House passed an unexpectedly tough bill outlawing the unauthorized identification of undercover agents if such a revelation would "impair or impede" U.S. intelligence operations. The measure quickly raised objections from legal scholars, journalists and civil libertarians.

Revelations about the CIA, notably by former Agents Philip Agee and Frank Snepp, have provoked a widespread desire in both Congress and the...

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