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Restrictions on Use of WikiLeaks Hamper CRS

Restrictions on the use of published WikiLeaks material remain in effect in much of the government, the New York Times reported yesterday, causing considerable confusion and frustration.  See “Detainees’ Lawyers Can’t Click on Leaked Documents” by Scott Shane, April 27.

“Add me to the list of grumblers,” said a respected national security analyst at the Congressional Research Service, where employees have been prohibited from accessing WikiLeaks documents online.

“This whole thing is so [expletive] stupid,” he said yesterday. “Even staff with clearances can’t read the cables, let alone quote them. One reason is that we can’t read classified materials on unclassified computers and we have no classified computers.”

“We can now quote news stories which cite the cables, but we have no way of verifying whether the article correctly quotes the cables.”

“This is hampering CRS work and management knows it,” the analyst said.  “There’s just no leadership on this issue.”

6 thoughts on “Restrictions on Use of WikiLeaks Hamper CRS

  1. This idiocy is hurting no end of work. The best course would be if the US properly redacted & declassified the material. I realize that this might not be easy prior to resolution of the various legal issues involving the people, but that ought to be the eventual goal. There needs to be some acceptance of reality and action that reflects that, not what’s happening now.

    This incident illustrates just how badly secrecy policy in the US is broken. Until the stakeholders accept they’ve got a problem that’s hampering their own official goals, & instead place provincial turf battles above their organizational missions, the problem will just fester until it erupts like yet-another festering boil on the buttocks of good government.

  2. So everyone is free to paint the Government as a dictator and their own dumb rules prevent them from correcting the news articles claiming it.

    Gotta love that, lol. Eric Holder Fail!

  3. Three layers of lunacy ! (1) Since lawyers representing detainees in GITMO possess security clearances, they should have greater access to classified documents available on the Internet, not less!

    As a lawyer for a client, the lawyer has the duty to look for whatever may advance his client’s case and to use it.
    (The greater the jeopardy the client is in, the higher the duty the lawyer is under to be diligent and thorough.)

    No matter whether they possess security clearances, and no matter whether they are lawyers whose clients are detained at GITMO, those men and women do not stop being members of the public. As American citizens, they remain free to search for and read whatever can be found in the public domain.

  4. dude. we want to know what the expletive was. i am going to file a Freedom of Cursing request with FAS

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