Lid on Leaks

A White House crackdown

The President opened the Cabinet meeting by waving a newspaper dominated by speculative stories on his 1983 budget plans. The leaks must stop, he demanded. So once again a crackdown was ordered on an affliction that, particularly in times of trouble, seems to bedevil every Administration: the unending stream of information from inside the Government to the outside world. Although much of Ronald Reagan's wrath was directed at unauthorized speculation about his economic plans, the latest attempt to fasten loose lips was justified, as under previous Presidents, on grounds of national security.

The Administration had cause to be concerned...

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