Defense contractors with top-secret clearances are bracing for blowback from the explosive National Security Agency (NSA) leaks scandal.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about two National Security Agency programs has shaken the military-industrial complex, raising questions about whether the government has lost control over who is cleared to see sensitive information.
Experts said the new leaks, which follow massive disclosures to WikiLeaks by Bradley Manning, a military intel analyst now on trial, could intensify pressure on Washington to restrict access more tightly, as well as tighten the vetting of those given clearances.
But it will be difficult — if not impossible — to impose control on a system in which 1.4 million people now have some kind of clearance to see classified information.
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