Senator Feinstein eyes limits to NSA contractors

WASHINGTON Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:33pm EDT

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaks to the media regarding confirmation hearings of CIA Director nominee John Brennan in Washington March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaks to the media regarding confirmation hearings of CIA Director nominee John Brennan in Washington March 5, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Thursday that Congress would consider legislation to limit government contractors' access to certain classified information.

"We will certainly have legislation which will limit or prevent contractors from handling highly classified technical data. And there will be some other things," said Feinstein after a closed-door briefing about the U.S. government's surveillance programs.

Feinstein also said National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander had pledged to make public on Monday a list of terrorist efforts that had been thwarted by the programs.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Writing by Karey Van Hall)

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