Obama: Leak probes are security needs
17 May 2013, 07:45
Washington - President Barack Obama is defending investigations into government leaks, saying they are necessary for national security.
But he also says it's important to balance such inquiries with the need for a free press.
Obama says he has confidence in his attorney general, Eric Holder.
Holder's Justice Department recently obtained two months of telephone records for AP reporters and editors involved in a story that disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen.
Obama says it's time to renew discussions about a federal shield law, that would protect journalists and their employers from having to reveal sources.