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cnn – the wikileaks media dilemma

 

 Ron Paul: “What We Need Is More WikiLeaks On The Federal Reserve”

 

 

 “Re: Wikileaks – In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth.

In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.”

~Congressman Ron Paul

 

OMB’s Email To Government Agencies About Wikileaks Access

Memo sent Friday by the Office of Management and Budget:

MODEL AGENCY NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS CONCERNING SAFEGUARDING OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND USE OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

The recent disclosure of U.S. Government documents by WikiLeaks has resulted in damage to our national security. Each federal employee and contractor is obligated to protect classified information pursuant to all applicable laws, and to use government information technology systems in accordance with agency procedures so that the integrity of such systems is not compromised.

Unauthorized disclosures of classified documents (whether in print, on a blog, or on websites) do not alter the documents’ classified status or automatically result in declassification of the documents. To the contrary, classified information, whether or not already posted on public websites or disclosed to the media, remains classified, and must be treated as such by federal employees and contractors, until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. Government authority.

Federal employees and contractors therefore are reminded of the following obligations with respect to the treatment of classified information and the use of non-classified government information technology systems:

• Except as authorized by their agencies and pursuant to agency procedures, federal employees or contractors shall not, while using computers or other devices (such as Blackberries or Smart Phones) that access the web on non-classified government systems, access documents that are marked classified (including classified documents publicly available on the WikiLeaks and other websites), as doing so risks that material still classified will be placed onto non-classified systems. This requirement applies to access that occurs either through agency or contractor computers, or through employees’ or contractors’ personally owned computers that access non-classified government systems. This requirement does not restrict employee or contractor access to non-classified, publicly available news reports (and other non-classified material) that may in turn discuss classified material, as distinguished from access to underlying documents that themselves are marked classified (including if the underlying classified documents are available on public websites or otherwise in the public domain).

• Federal employees or contractors shall not access classified material unless a favorable determination of the person’s eligibility for access has been made by an agency head or the agency head’s designee, the person has signed and approved non-disclosure agreement, the person has a need to know the information, and the person has received contemporaneous training on the proper safeguarding of classified information and on the criminal, civil, and administrative sanctions that may be imposed on an individual who fails to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure.

• Classified information shall not be removed from official premises or disclosed without proper authorization.

• Federal employees and contractors who believe they may have inadvertently accessed or downloaded classified or sensitive information on computers that access the web via non-classified government systems, or without prior authorization, should contact their information security offices for assistance.

Thank you for your cooperation, and for your vigilance to these responsibilities.

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Newt Gingrich Says The Whole Wikileaks Thing Is “Stupid”

 

Glenn Beck on Wikileaks

 

We Have Not Seen Anything Yet,” Guardian Editor Says Most Startling WikiLeaks Cables To Be Released

 

 

Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal ‘Profound Hatred for Democracy’ by U.S. Govt Officials 1 of 3

 

Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal ‘Profound Hatred for Democracy’ by U.S. Govt Officials 2 of 3

 

Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal ‘Profound Hatred for Democracy’ by U.S. Govt Officials 3 of 3

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OMB: WikiLeaks off-limits to federal workers without clearance

By Ed O'Keefe

“…WikiLeaks  is publishing sensitive and classified government information for all the world to see, but that doesn’t mean federal workers and contractors should take a peek, according to the Obama administration.

Top officials reminded rank and file federal workers and contractors late Friday to steer clear of the controversial document-sharing Web site, warning that, “Classified information, whether or not already posted on public Web sites or disclosed to the media, remains classified, and must be treated as such by federal employees and contractors, until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. government authority.”

The Office of Management and Budget sent the message in a memo addressed to agency general counsel, asking them to remind workers of existing restrictions on access to classified documents.

OMB Director Jacob J. Lew already had instructed government departments and agencies to ensure that employees with access to classified information networks did not have more access than necessary and to restrict the use of removable media such as CDs or flash drives on such networks. Those orders prompted some departments to issue warnings to employees.

The memo states that workers and contractors must “use government information technology systems in accordance with agency procedures so that the integrity of such systems is not compromised.” The memo sent Friday is meant to be adapted and then sent to each agency’s workers. …”

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/12/wikileaks_off-limits_to_unauth.html

WikiLeaks Controvesy Highlights Insider Threats

By: Brian Prince

“…At the center of the WikiLeaks controversy is U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, the man suspected of having passed the whistle-blower Website a massive collection of U.S. embassy cables.

Manning has been in military custody for the past several months with charges of transferring classified information to his personal computer and passing it on to an unauthorized source hanging over his head. But it was not monitoring software that exposed Manning; in fact it was an informant, former hacker Adrian Lamo, who Manning allegedly bragged to via instant message.

The situation underscores the problems surrounding access controls and malicious insiders, and it has prompted the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue a memorandum (PDF) to the heads of the country’s executive departments and agencies requiring them to review “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.”

In a chat log between Lamo and Manning published by Wired magazine, Manning reportedly wrote that he would come in with a CD labeled “with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file.”

The OMB memo was not the first time government officials have taken a hard look at removable media. For example, the military banned USB devices temporarily in 2008 in response to malware attacks. But banning removable media and storage devices will not deter someone from using them if that policy is not enforceable, said Michael Maloof, CTO at TriGeo Network Security.

“Real-time monitoring and blocking is not only possible, it’s essential, and it’s the only way to ensure that sensitive data is never transferred to an unauthorized device,” he said.

From an attack perspective, personal, portable devices are far too easy to hide in a bag or pocket, noted Hugh Garber, product marketing specialist at Ipswitch File Transfer. …”

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/WikiLeaks-Controvesy-Highlights-Insider-Threats-393011/

 

Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

 

Wikileaks To Release Damning Intel On A Major U.S Bank: “Like Enron Emails”

 

Ron Paul calls Wikileaks Heros

  

Wikileaks – The Movie (“The social leak”)

  

Alex Jones & Webster Tarpley: The Hidden Agenda Behind WikiLeaks – Alex Jones Tv Sunday Edition 2/5

 

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