WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday approved a Republican-crafted resolution condemning news organizations for revealing a covert government program to track terrorist financing, saying the disclosure had “placed the lives of Americans in danger.”
The resolution, passed 227-183 in a largely party-line vote did not specifically name the news organizations, but it was aimed at the New York Times and other news media that last week reported on a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorists.
While the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal also carried stories on the program, Republicans singled out the New York Times.
The Times has defended its reporting, saying publication has served America’s public interest.
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