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Pentagon memo to Defense Department: Search computers for contact with reporters

By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times

Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson is leading a major effort to plug news leaks and recently sent a memorandum to all Defense Department employees requesting that they all search their computers for information about contacts with reporters, according to defense officials familiar with the memo.

The memo said officials should look for the names of several reporters for the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. The officials disclosed the name of only one of the reporters: David E. Sanger of the New York Times.

One official who received the memo was surprised by the request because the Pentagon’s information-technology security officials already have the capability to search Pentagon computers. . . . A U.S. official said what also was unusual about the Johnson memo was its classification. The request was given the highest security classification level, above the “top secret” label.

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