Attorney general vows to slow government leaks

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WASHINGTON (AP)- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pledging to rein in government leaks that he says undermine American security.

Sessions is taking an aggressive public stand after being called weak on the matter by President Donald Trump.

The nation's top law enforcement official says the number of criminal leak probes has more than tripled in the early months of the Trump administration. Justice Department officials say they are reviewing guidelines put in place to make it difficult for the government to subpoena journalists about their sources, and would not rule out the possibility that a reporter could be prosecuted.

Media advocacy organizations are condemning the announcement. Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, says the decision is "deeply troubling."

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