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U.S. Defense Secretary Gates Tightens Interview Rules

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates: Fed up.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered top military officials to tell the Pentagon's public affairs branch before giving interviews.

The Pentagon said Gates was "fed up with leaks."

Gates said in a three-page memorandum that officers and Defense Department civilian leaders must consult with the Pentagon's assistant secretary for public affairs on interviews "with possible national or international implication," "The New York Times" reported after receiving a copy of the memo from an official.

The move comes after General Stanley McChrystal was fired as the commander in Afghanistan for making negative comments about Obama administration officials to a magazine.

But the Pentagon said the move to tighten control on information was in the works long before that.

compiled from agency reports