State Upset Over Leak

October 11, 1996

State Upset Over Leak

The State Department is once again upset about a leak of classified information.

According to Reuters, Bill Gertz, defense and national security correspondent at the Washington Times, reported Wednesday on his latest in a string of scoops concerning U.S. foreign policy. The story cites a top-secret CIA document, dated Sept. 14, stating that Chinese officials most likely approved sales of nuclear weapons-related materials to Pakistan. Such an action would be a violation of a U.S.-Chinese agreement signed in the spring.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns denied that the U.S. government has decided whether China broke the accord.

Gertz appears to have well-placed sources for his articles, such as the one last June about alleged Chinese, Egyptian and Pakistani nuclear activities, and his story about President Clinton and President Yeltsin's discussion about supporting each other's bids for reelection.

The Clinton Administration has made it clear that it considers most leaks of secret information to reporters to be a violation of law.

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