Anti-leak bill to be shelved by Bush

WASHINGTON: Legislation making it a federal crime to leak "properly

classified" government information has once again been put on hold, this

time following a lack of support from the Bush administration.

The chief sponsor of the proposal, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), agreed

to suspend his efforts to get the bill through Congress after several

members of Bush's team made it clear he did not have their support.

Originally vetoed by President Clinton in 2000, the bill would allow for

fines and up to three years in prison for any federal employee who leaks

classified government information. But the broad language of the bill

and the ease with which information can be classified concerned


Government communicators and journalists waged a campaign to stop the

legislation last year.

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