The National Security Agency is seeking a criminal probe into the leak of highly classified information about secret U.S. government surveillance programs, Reuters reports. Confirmation that the NSA filed a “crimes report” came a few hours after the nation’s spy chief, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, launched an aggressive defense of a secret government data collection program.
Clapper blasted what he called “reckless disclosures” of a highly classified spy agency project code-named PRISM. The Justice Department, which has established procedures for determining whether an investigation is warranted. Prosecutors do not accept all requests, but they have brought a series of high-profile leak investigations under President Obama. U.S. officials said the NSA leaks were so astonishing they expected the Justice Department to take the case.