“We are taking a stand. This culture of leaking must stop,” Sessions said at the August event.The Justice Department "has more than tripled the number of active leak investigations compared to the number pending at the end of the last administration,” Sessions said at the press conference. But since then, no high-profile case has been brought against an alleged leaker, despite Sessions telling a congressional committee in November that there were 27 active probes.
So far under Trump, only NSA contractor Reality Winner has been charged under the Espionage Act for press contact — in June, after allegedly mailing a classified document to a news outlet. The outlet is believed to be The Intercept, which reported on a top-secret review of Russian attempts to hack election officials in 2016.
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