U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held an event to discuss "leaks of classified material threatening national security." (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday vowed to crack down on leakers who reveal classified or sensitive national security information, branding such actions a betrayal of the country.President Donald Trump has repeatedly fumed about "illegal leaks" and even lashed out publicly at Sessions last week for taking what he called a "very weak" position on the issue. Active leak investigations this year have tripled compared with the number before Trump took office, Sessions added.With Trump desperate to control the message emanating from the Oval Office, Sessions said he would bolster a task force created during Barack Obama's administration aimed at apprehending leakers.Moves to crack down on damaging leaks did not originate with Trump's administration.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, joining Sessions, issued his own tough warning to would-be leakers and described such revelations as betraying the American people.
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