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Leahy supports limited privilege for journalists

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he wants the panel to take up legislation designed to provide limited protections for journalists and their sources.

Leahy says his decision to place the Free Flow of Information Act on the Committee's agenda comes after committee members met last week with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the Justice Department's review of its guidelines for obtaining information from the press.

The issue came to the fore this spring when it was revealed that the U.S. Justice Department last year had secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors of The Associated Press.

Free-press groups have raised concerns that such activities will hurt journalists' ability to gather information from confidential sources.

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