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DRAFTED BY: IRM/CST/LD/OB:LDROBERTS -- 02/02/2000 202-647-4042
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USOFFICE PRISTINA 
SPECIAL EMBASSY PROGRAM

UNCLAS STATE 018029

INFORM CONSULS - FOR ALL TELEGRAM DRAFTING OFFICERS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ACOA
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE FOR DRAFTING SBU TELEGRAM

REF: 95 STATE 232445

1. AS OF OCTOBER 1, 1995, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL
MARKING "LIMITED OFFICIAL USE" CEASED TO EXIST AND WAS
REPLACED WITH "SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED" (SBU).
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED IS NOT A CLASSIFICATION LEVEL
FOR NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION, BUT IS USED WHEN IT'S
NECESSARY TO PROVIDE A DEGREE OF PROTECTION FROM
UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE FOR UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION AS
SET FORTH IN 12 FAM 540. THE PRIMARY REASONS FOR CREATING
SBU WERE TO KEEP CLASSIFIED MATERIAL TO A MINIMUM AND TO
BE ABLE TO PASS-ON RELEVANT, BUT SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO
INDIVIDUALS (INCLUDING FSNS) ON A NEED TO KNOW BASES. THE
FOLLOWING GUIDANCE IS PROVIDED TO ENSURE ALL TELEGRAM
DRAFTERS IN THE FIELD ARE AWARE OF THE PROPER DRAFTING
INSTRUCTIONS.

A. STANDARD SBU INFORMATION IS RESTRICTED TO THOSE WITH A
NEED TO KNOW, INCLUDING APPROPRIATE FOREIGN SERVICE
NATIONAL (FSN) STAFF, AND SHOULD BE SENT AS UNCLASSIFIED
WITH THE DISTRIBUTION CAPTION SENSITIVE IMMEDIATELY
FOLLOWING ANY CAPTION (IF APPLICABLE).  THESE TELEGRAMS
WILL BE ASSIGNED UNCLASSIFIED ROUTING INDICATORS AND
TRANSMITTED VIA ENCRYPTED CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED
CIRCUITS. THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE HEADER OF AN
SBU TELEGRAM:

                    "UNCLASSIFIED"
                    PROG 00/00/00
                    JDOE
                    JDOEJR
                    NONE
                    POL

                    AMEMBASSY BERLIN
                    SECSTATE WASHDC
                    INFO AMEMBASSY PARIS

                    SENSITIVE

                    E.O. 12958: N/A
                    TAGS: PREL
                    SUBJECT: SAMPLE

B. SBU INFORMATION THAT REQUIRES A HIGHER LEVEL OF
PROTECTION, SUCH AS INFORMATION THAT SHOULD NOT BE
DISSEMINATED TO LOCALLY ENGAGED STAFF MUST HAVE THE
CAPTION NOFORN JUST BELOW THE SENSITIVE CAPTION WITH A
BLANK LINE SEPARATING THE NOFORN AND SENSITIVE. THE
DEPARTMENT'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT WILL KEY ON THE
NOFORN CAPTION AND ROUTE THESE TELEGRAMS TRANSIT THROUGH
CLASSIFIED ROUTING INDICATORS TO ENSURE ONLY CLEARED
AMERICANS HANDLE THEM. POSTS THAT HAVE UNCLASSIFIED
ROUTING INDICATORS ONLY WILL NOT RECEIVE THESE TELEGRAMS,
IF PROPERLY CAPTIONED. POSTS THAT USE TERP V, C/ACT,
D/ACT AND SEP COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT MUST USE UNCLAS E F
T 0 RPT UNCLAS E F T 0 TO PREPARE SBU NOFORN CAPTIONED
TELEGRAMS. UNCLAS EFTO TELEGRAMS WILL ENSURE THAT THESE
TYPES OF CABLES ARE ASSIGNED CLASSIFIED ROUTING INDICATORS
AND ARE DIRECTED ONLY TO APPROPRIATELY CLEARED
COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES CONTAINED IN THE 12 FAM 540.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE HEADER OF AN SBU NOFORN
TELEGRAM:

                     UNCLAS E F T 0
                     PROG 00/00/00
                     JDOE
                     JDOEJR
                     NONE
                     IPC

                     AMEMBASSY BERLIN
                     SECSTATE WASHDC
                     INFO AMEMBASSY PARIS

                     SENSITIVE

                     NOFORN

                     DEPARTMENT FOR IRM/CST/LD/OB

                     E.O. 12958: N/A
                     TAGS: ACOA
                     SUBJECT: SAMPLE

2.   POSTS' INTERNAL HANDLING AND DISTRIBUTION OF SBU
TELEGRAMS IS DICTATED BY EACH POSTS' INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO EACH LOCATION WORLDWIDE. IT IS
THEREFORE ESSENTIAL FOR ALL FOREIGN SERVICE PERSONNEL TO
READ AND UNDERSTAND THE GUIDANCE ON USE AND HANDLING OF
SBU INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE 12 FAM 450.

3. IN ADDITION, AS WITH ALL TELEGRAMS HIGHER THAN
UNCLASSIFIED, EACH PARAGRAPH MUST BEAR THE APPROPRIATE
MARKINGS, SUCH AS (U), (SBU), OR (SBU/NF). THIS WILL
ENSURE THESE TELEGRAMS RECEIVE THE SPECIAL RESTRICTIVE
HANDLING DESIRED.

4.     THE FOLLOWING POSTS HAVE SEPARATE CLASSIFIED
AND UNCLASSIFIED ROUTING INDICATORS (OR NO CLASSIFIED
ROUTING INDICATOR AT ALL): ADANA, USOFFICE AIDPAY,
AMSTERDAM, APIA, AUCKLAND, BARCELONA, BELFAST, CALCUTTA,
CALGARY, CHENGDU, CIUDAD JUAREZ, CURACAO, DUBAI, DURBAN,
DUSSELDORF, EDINBURGH, USOFFICE ELSO ANTWERP, USOFFICE
FADPAC WASHDC, FLORENCE, FREETOWN, USOFFICE FSC BANGKOK,
USOFFICE FSC CHARLESTON, FUKUKOA, GRENADA, GUADALAJARA,
HALIFAX, HAMBURG, HAMILTON, HERMOSILLO, HO CHI MINH,
RECEPTION CENTER USIA HONOLULU, JOHANNESBURG, KOLONIA,
KOROR, KRAKOW, LAHORE, LEIPZIG, MAJURO, MARSEILLE, MASERU,
MATAMOROS, MERIDA, RECEPTION CENTER USIA MIAMI, MONTERREY,
NAGOYA, NAPLES, RECEPTION CENTER USIA NEW ORLEANS,
RECEPTION CENTER USIA NEW YORK, NUEVO LARDEO, PERTH, PONTA
DEL GADA, PORT MORESBY, NVC PORTSMOUTH, PRAIA, QUEBEC,
USOFFICE RAMC DATA PARIS, USOFFICE RAMC TEXT PARIS,
RECIFE, USOFFICE RFC WASHDC, ST PETERSBURG, STRASBOURG,
SUVA, THESSALONIKI, TIJUANA, USIA VOA UDORN, ULAANBAATAR,
VANCOUVER, VLADIVOSTOK, USOFFICE WFC, AND YEKATERINBURG.

5. MINIMIZE CONSIDERED
TALBOTT




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