Why the Ship of State Leaks

Americans cannot keep a secret. Or so it increasingly seems to frustrated Government officials who decry what retired Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, former deputy director of the CIA, terms the "hemorrhaging" of classified information. The experts have no trouble identifying the reasons: "Too much, too many and too little," says Senator William Roth of Delaware, too much classified information, too many people with security clearances to look at it and too little investigation of those getting the clearances. The Walker case has stirred demands in the national security establishment to patch up the storehouse of Government secrets, but an open society...

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