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Intelligence Policy Bans Citation of Leaked Material

A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says the agency’s current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion articles, books, term papers or other unofficial writings.

Such officials “must not use sourcing that comes from known leaks, or unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information,” it says. “The use of such information in a publication can confirm the validity of an unauthorized disclosure and cause further harm to national security.”

— Charlie Savage on The New York Times

This seems like complete bull shit. How exactly does citing leaked material give it any more creditability. It just seems like a stick to beat down the opposition.