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WikiLeaks no-peeking order: Silly or serious?

Will you peek?

Even though WikiLeaks has published pages and pages and pages of secret cables and documents, federal employees are under orders not to look at them.

Seriously. The the Obama administration and the Defense Department have ordered employees to avoid looking unless they have appropriate security clearances.

Which of course, seems ridiculous. The documents are there, available to anyone. Are feds who are interested really going to avoid looking because they're told to?

Or then again, maybe they will. Maybe the federal workforce is so disciplined that they will heed the request and shield their delicate eyes from the brazen display of forbidden fruit.

What do you think? Is this an order that people will obey? Will you?

Posted on Dec 06, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Reader Comments

Fri, Jan 7, 2011 Maharishi Swami Poobah

It boils down to this...if it's discovered that you "peeked" and you work for the US government...you can go to jail. Simple.

Thu, Dec 9, 2010 Jeffrey A. Williams

This is of course a silly order. Most civilian or military personell have already viewed the documents that Wikileaks put out by now at home on their own PC/laptop/ect. Keeping these employees from doing so on government equipmet makes perfict sense though. Still the cat's out of bag.

Thu, Dec 9, 2010

Premise is not to look, but not to look at still classified documents on US Government unclassfied computing devices. This is what presents a problem to the IT Security officers of every agency. There names are on IT Security Documentdocuments that state thou shalt not have classfied docs as well as the many mangers. It is not worth losing you job over. Weahter is effecient or not. If these documents show up on a indviduals account on a unclassfied computer becasue he curious, he will be fired.

Thu, Dec 9, 2010 usa

even one guest of Charlie Rose told if you want to know what is happening, you have to list en to, AlJazera or the BBC,since the media is controlled like in the "best time" of the Soviet Union

Wed, Dec 8, 2010

DoD is NOT the only executive agency confronted with this problem. The observation on having classified materials on unsecure-unclassified-only IT equipment is truly and reasonably a problem to be addressed by edict. It is both costly and can lead to compromise of additional classified materials. The moronic dictum, don't look at home on your own equipment, is suitable for the soviet-state mentality of many of the alleged executives we have in the executive branch though. BUT, when you consider it comes from the likes of those that provide access to all source intellignece to a PFC, well...

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