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FAS Roundup: October 21, 2013

DoD releases directive on leaks to press, the Conference on Disarmament and much more. From the Blogs Cryptographer Adi Shamir Prevented From Attending NSA History Conference: In an e-mail to colleagues, Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir recounts the difficulties he faced in getting a visa to attend the 2013 Cryptologic History Symposium sponsored by the National Security Agency. Secrecy News has reprinted the e-mail, in which Shamir discusses his struggles with the U.S. government to travel to the conference and why he will not be at the NSA symposium. Department of Defense to Report on "Authorized Leaks: A new Department of Defense directive requires the Pentagon to notify Congress whenever a DoD official discloses classified intelligence to a reporter on an authorized basis, or declassifies the information specifically for release to the press. The directive was issued in response to a provision in the FY2013 Intelligence Authorization Act (section 504) that was passed by Congress last year as part of an effort to stem leaks of classified information.

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