White House WikiLeaks Memo “Mishandling of Classified Information”


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  • November 28, 2010



FROM: Jacob J. Lew

SUBJECT: WikiLeaks – Mishandling of Classified Information

Our national defense requires that sensitive information be maintained in confidence to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, and our homeland. Protecting information critical to our nation’s security is the responsibility of each individual who is granted access to classified information. Any unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a violation of our law and compromises our national security.

The recent irresponsible disclosure by WikiLeaks has resulted in significant damage to our national security. Any failure by agencies to safeguard classified information pursuant to relevant laws, including but not limited to Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information (December 29, 2009), is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Please note the following immediate instructions:

• Each department or agency that handles classified information shall establish a security assessment team consisting of counterintelligence, security, and information assurance experts to review the agency’s implementation of procedures for safeguarding classified information against improper disclosures. Such review should include (without limitation) evaluation of the agency’s configuration of classified government systems to ensure that users do not have broader access than is necessary to do their jobs effectively, as well as implementation of restrictions on usage of, and removable media capabilities from, classified government computer networks.

• The Office of Management and Budget, the Information Security Oversight Office, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will stand up processes to evaluate, and to assist agencies in their review of, security practices with respect to the protection of classified information.

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2 comments for “White House WikiLeaks Memo “Mishandling of Classified Information”

  1. Jack Meoff
    December 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    everyone needs to know what is going on behind our back.
    The tables have turned.
    Now we are watching big brother

  2. Hartley Anderson
    June 9, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Even the disloyal among us? Grow up and wake up! There’s a time for holding our representatives to account, and there’s a time for keeping out mouths shut so our security agencies can do their job. Or do you think more 9/11s would be great?

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