Indiana Senator Dan Coats is calling for security reforms after a series of intelligence leaks that he calls “inexcusable”.
Coats, who is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the committee is reviewing safeguards at intelligence, defense and government agencies. He says recent leaks indicate a need for tighter controls and bigger penalties for those who share sensitive information.
“Because these leaks are devastating, they have enormous consequences for people’s lives, security of Americans as well as our ability to conduct operations and have the support of the people who support us,” he says.
Recent leaks include information about a U.S. cyber attack against Iran and the outing of a Pakistani doctor who has been jailed for his role in a U.S. operation against Osama bin Laden.
Coats says he is also concerned about possible leaks given to a crew working on a film about the attack on bin Laden’s compound.
Senate republicans this week failed to pass a resolution calling for an independent council to investigate leaks.