The leak of sensitive documents by a computer analyst who worked for a private defense contractor has triggered a debate over whether Americans are put at risk by the sheer number of people who have access to sensitive national intelligence information.
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By the numbers
3.5 million: Employees in U.S. with “confidential/secret” security clearance.
1.41 million: Employees in U.S. with “top secret security clearance.
791,200: Government employees with top secret clearance.
483,263: Contract employees with top secret clearance.
Source: 2012 report from the Office of the director of National Intelligence