Oops. Someone leaked the Goverment's How to Prevent Leaks document

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:53

MSNBC is hosting the OMB document on their website. This is an 11 page report on how to various US Government agencies can prevent future leaks. Maybe this is just a rough draft because it doesn't sound like the strategy has been implemented. Or perhaps this was just test to see if it worked which in this case I don't think it did. Last December MSNBC leaked a memo by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency which takes the first step is reducing leaks... by forbidding employees from visiting the WikiLeaks website. Well I guess that strategy isn't working either.

Stratfor has a great article on WikiLeaks. What I find funny is that Wikileaks takes the opinion that organizations shouldn't keep secrets but that's just not true. Any organization, including Wikileaks themselves, must have the right to contain certain trade secrets in order to function. Now I am not taking about Watergate levels of deception but so far Wikileaks hasn't leaked anything that informed people didn't already know. So far all it has done is expose the Government's lack of security and internal conversations. That said Secretary of Defense Gates made the following point on this: 

“Now, I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on. I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets. Many governments — some governments — deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation. 

“Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest.”    Read more: Taking Stock of WikiLeaks | STRATFOR

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