Five Million Americans Have Security Clearances

Security Clearances Held By Millions Of Americans -- USA Today

Defense contract employee Edward Snowden and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, both of whom disclosed classified information, are just two of them.

An Army private leaks information to a whistle-blower website. A defense contractor leaks information on intelligence gathering by the National Security Agency.

They are just two of almost 5 million people holding a government security clearance, federal documents show.

A January report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence says more than 4.9 million people have some sort of government security clearance. About 1.4 million of those lay claim to "top secret" clearance.

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Update: America's Outsourced Spy Force, by the Numbers -- The Atlantic

My Comment: The Atlantic breaks down these numbers .... and they are a must see.

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