At the same time Clapper has issued an edict against anyone in the IC speaking to the press without permission. That was always the rule.
When he and his predecessors ruled the roost in DIA, reporters were often given the opportunity to talk to analysts, including me, with "minders" from the PAO office. These talks were always at the request of the reporters and DIA's interest in them was really a courtesy to the press. The talks were at the unclassified level. Since I oversaw the work of the whole group of ME/South Asia in DIA I knew what went on in all these meetings. There was no instance I know of in which a DIA official or anyone from the JCS or OSD tried to influence what the analyst said. The OSD civilians occasionally disagreed with the analysts but never interfered or tried to silence. Other than that kind of thing people were forbidden to talk to the press and did so at their peril.
As has been observed here, open source information is the bedrock of the information base from which analysts work. Contrary to the egotistical belief of many policy people who think themselves as capable of dealing with data, the intelligence analysts' minds are the true weapons in the intelligence business, not secret information. As I have said before, secret infomation is often useful but it is not the base of the data pool.
When Clapper and his predecessors were heads of DIA the agency periodically ran conferences at some off-site place where analysts, academics, journalists and other DoD people assembled for a couple of days to discuss world affairs and frankly to exchange information. I ran one of these conferences. The benefit to the work of our analysts was considerable. Once again, nobody tried to use the analysts at these meetings to spread propaganda to the press.
The level of WH pressure that brought Clapper to issue this redundant directive must have been impressive. pl