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One House Democrat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the real issue about Bachmann is "will she able to keep quiet" about everything she gets briefed on in the committee, almost all of which will be classified information.

If she starts running off at the mouth about even a few classified issues, the impact will be worse than simply letting out those secrets. The Intelligence community will likely begin to brief the committee with less transparency. So decisions will be made with less knowledge of the actual facts.
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