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Holder announces new guidelines for obtaining journalists’ records

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been criticized for the Justice Department’s aggressive tactics in secretly obtaining phone logs and emails of reporters as part of leak investigations, on Friday announced new guidelines that would significantly narrow the circumstances under which journalists’ records could be obtained.

A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama supported the Justice Department’s changes as well as its call, at the end of a report on the revisions, to more often find ways to deal with leaks of classified information that fall short of criminal investigations. Under Obama, prosecutors have filed charges in seven leak-related cases to date, compared with three such cases under all previous presidents combined.

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