A top secret US government policy designed to prevent people leaking top secret information online has been er… leaked.
The 11-page document on how to get various US government agencies to prevent future leaks was given to MSN. It seems that the US government leaks more than the pipes in Mike Mageek’s new house.
The US has been overreacting in spades to the Wikileaks fiasco and dashed out a top secret memo to all government deparments hoping to stop all this leaking lark.
The memo, which was sent this week to senior officials at all agencies that use classified material said that they would have to carry out an initial assessment about the likelihood of leaks in their department.
Managers asked what they plan to do about perceived vulnerabilities, weaknesses, or gaps on automated systems in the post-WikiLeaks environment.
They have to state what plans for changes and upgrades to current classified networks, systems, applications, databases, websites, and online collaboration environments.
They have to provide details of all new classified networks, systems, applications, databases, websites or online collaboration environments that are in the planning, implementation, or testing phases.
Managers have been told to assess all security, counterintelligence, and “information assurance policy” and regulatory documents that have been established by and for your department or agency.
It looks like managers are being told to figure out which employees might be most inclined to leak classified documents, by using shrinks and sociologists to assess their trustworthiness.
The memo suggests that agencies require all their employees to report any contacts with reporters they may have.
Strangely, the goal of whistleblowing in general is to make for a more open government. What the US is doing in response to Wikileaks is try to tighten things further.