FBI Begins Restricting Media Access to the Bureau Following News Leaks
By Steve Neavling
The FBI rolled out a new media policy that restricts contacts between the news media and bureau employees following controversies over recent leaks.
The policy was announced this week at a Washington conference attended by FBI agents in charge of 56 field offices, CNN reports.
Under FBI Director James Comey, the bureau has improved media access to the bureau. But the new policy endangers that transparency.
The new restrictions follow leaked information for news stories about contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives.
Under the new policy, only leaders of the field offices and PR employees are allowed to talk with the media. There are exemptions when proper authorization is given to bureau employees,
The FBI declined to comment.
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