Federal authorities have identified and recently searched the home of a suspected “second leaker”—in other words, not Edward Snowden—who has been providing sensitive surveillance-related documents to journalists for months now, according to Yahoo News.
In particular, this second leaker is allegedly the source for documents discussing the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, first published by The Intercept in August 2014. This leaker may have also provided the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations catalog to the German magazine Der Spiegel in December 2013.
Yahoo News, citing anonymous sources, reported that Justice Department officials “may now be more reluctant to bring criminal charges involving unauthorized disclosures to the news media,” a likely reference to the resulting public relations backlash against the prosecutors of WikiLeaks-leaker Chelsea Manning and the ongoing case of investigative New York Times reporter James Risen, who may face jail time for not revealing a source.
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