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Obama Admin Taking Aim At Leakers

krou (1027572) writes | more than 3 years ago

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krou (1027572) writes "As fallout from the Wikileaks "Cablegate" continues, the Obama administration is taking active steps to try prevent further leaks. A recent executive order signed by President Obama 'prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, including information relating to defense against transnational terrorism'. In addition, a highly detailed 11-page memo (PDF) has instructed agencies to assess “any perceived vulnerabilities, weaknesses, or gaps in automated systems in the post-WikiLeaks environment", and also to implement "insider threat" programs — similar to those used in the CIA — to ferret out possible whistle-blowers. Suggestions include using psychiatrists to monitor 'relative happiness' and their 'despondence and grumpiness' in order to assess their trustworthiness. Agencies have also been asked whether they 'capture evidence of pre-employment and/or post-employment activities or participation in on-line media data mining sites like WikiLeaks or Open Leaks?' or if 'all employees required to report their contacts with the media?' FAS have described the steps as being 'paranoia, not security' and 'absurd'."
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