Obama raises concerns with DOJ over press leaks

May 23, 2013

In a lengthy speech at the National Defense University in Washington, President Obama outlined the future of his counterterrorism polices and addressed a controversy over the Justice Department seizure of Associated Press phone records.

Stressing the need to balance civil liberties and national security, Obama said journalists should not be “at legal risk for doing their jobs.” Rather, he said, the focus should be “on those who break the law” by leaking classified information. He said he has raised his concerns about “overreaching” with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. As part of an overall review of subpoena regulations for the press, Obama said Holder will convene a meeting of media executives and produce a report by July 12.

In a statement, the Justice Department said that Holder "looks forward to meaningful engagement with these media representatives as well as other experts inside and outside government."

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