Holder met Friday with Obama in the Oval Office to discuss the changes, and White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said the president agrees with Holder's recommendations and considers the report an important step toward the proper balance between national security and press freedoms.
Lehrich said Obama had directed his team to explore alternative approaches to cracking down on leaks, such as revoking security clearances or other punishments. "Pursuing a criminal investigation and prosecution is not always the most efficient and effective way to address leaks of classified information," he said.
Holder also endorsed the proposal for a shield law that would protect reporters. "While these reforms will make a meaningful difference, there are additional protections that only Congress can provide," he said. "For that reason, we continue to support the passage of media shield legislation."
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