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Senator Is Described as a Likely Source of Intelligence Leak

A two-year investigation into how the news media obtained classified intercepted messages has found that Senator Richard C. Shelby, the Alabama Republican and former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was almost certainly a source, a government official familiar with the inquiry said Thursday.The investigation remains open, but the Justice Department is unlikely to file criminal charges against the senator, the official said. For now, the department has turned its findings over to the Senate Ethics Committee. A spokesman for Mr. Shelby, Virginia Davis, confirmed that the ethics panel was looking into the matter. Mr. Shelby left Thursday for an official trip to Australia and Southeast Asia and could not be reached, Ms. Davis said. In a statement, she said the senator, who served on the intelligence panel for eight years, and spent more than five as its chairman, “has a full understanding of the importance of protecting our nation’s secrets, and he has never knowingly compromised classified information.” Full Story

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