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Acting Director Of National Intelligence Criticizes 'Washington Post' Investigation

Politico's Laura Rozen obtained this reaction to the first installment of Top Secret America, Dana Priest and William M. Arkin's investigative series on the national security and intelligence system, by Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence David C. Gompert:

"The reporting does not reflect the Intelligence Community we know," he writes. "We accept that we operate in an environment that limits the amount of information we can share."

However, the fact is, the men and women of the Intelligence Community have improved our operations, thwarted attacks, and are achieving untold successes every day.

You can read his comments — in their entirety — after the jump.

In their introduction today, Priest and Arkin — and their editors, presumably — explain that they allowed government officials to preview the website that accompanies the series, asking them to share any specific concerns.

"They offered none at that time," they write. "As the project evolved, we shared the Web site's revised capabilities. Again, we asked for specific concerns."

One government body objected to certain data points on the site and explained why; we removed those items. Another agency objected that the entire Web site could pose a national security risk but declined to offer specific comments.

We made other public safety judgments about how much information to show on the Web site. For instance, we used the addresses of company headquarters buildings, information which, in most cases, is available on companies' own Web sites, but we limited the degree to which readers can use the zoom function on maps to pinpoint those or other locations.

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