Hidden Government Freaking Out Over Wikileaks

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

Well, WikiLeaks is achieving, however slightly, one of the aims that Julian Assange outlined in his political essays: he is making the hidden government reluctant to communicate amongst itself for fear of exposure.

Here is evidence of that.  An 11-page memo has been prepared by the intelligence services to go out to government agencies, to tell them to spy on anyone who wants to access classified material.

This is going to create precisely the chilling effect Assange is claiming he is hoping for – it will create a reluctance to classify material, and if classified, to share it.  That is highly desirable, and Assange is to be commended for achieving this, whatever else is on his own hidden agenda.

Scott

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U.S. tells agencies: Watch ‘insiders’ to prevent new WikiLeaks

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40916433/ns/us_news-wikileaks_in_security/

The Obama administration is telling federal agencies to take aggressive new steps to prevent more WikiLeaks embarrassments, including instituting “insider threat” programs to ferret out disgruntled employees who might be inclined to leak classified documents, NBC News has learned.

As part of these programs, agency officials are being asked to figure out ways to “detect behavioral changes” among employees who might have access to classified documents.

A highly detailed 11-page memo prepared by U.S. intelligence officials and distributed by Jacob J. Lew, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, suggests that agencies use psychiatrists and sociologists to measure the “relative happiness” of workers or their “despondence and grumpiness” as a way to assess their trustworthiness. The memo was sent this week to senior officials at all agencies that use classified material.

The memo also suggests that agencies take new steps to identify any contacts between federal workers and members of the news media. “Are all employees required to report their contacts with the media?” the memo asks senior officials about the policies at their agencies.

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