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Octafish

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30. Blogging About WikiLeaks Could Get You Fired
Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:41 AM
Mar 2012

Seems writing about the truth is unsportsmanlike.



Blogging About WikiLeaks Could Get You Fired

A State Department employee is under investigation for disclosing classified information. His big disclosure? Linking to a widely publicized WikiLeaks document on his personal blog.


—By Peter Van Buren | Tom Dispatch / Mother Jones, Tue Sep. 27, 2011 12:56 PM PDT

On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) and told I was under investigation for allegedly disclosing classified information. The evidence of my crime? A posting on my blog from the previous month that included a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the web.

As we sat in a small, gray, windowless room, resplendent with a two-way mirror, multiple ceiling-mounted cameras, and iron rungs on the table to which handcuffs could be attached, the two DS agents stated that the inclusion of that link amounted to disclosing classified material. In other words, a link to a document posted by who-knows-who on a public website available at this moment to anyone in the world was the legal equivalent of me stealing a top secret report, hiding it under my coat, and passing it to a Chinese spy in a dark alley.

The agents demanded to know who might be helping me with my blog ("Name names!&quot , if I had donated any money from my upcoming book on my wacky year-long State Department assignment to a forward military base in Iraq, and if so to which charities, the details of my contract with my publisher, how much money (if any) I had been paid, and—by the way—whether I had otherwise "transferred" classified information.

Had I, they asked, looked at the WikiLeaks site at home on my own time on my own computer? Every blog post, every Facebook post, and every tweet by every State Department employee, they told me, must be precleared by the Department prior to "publication." Then they called me back for a second 90-minute interview, stating that my refusal to answer questions would lead to my being fired, never mind the Fifth (or the First) Amendment.

CONTINUED...

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/09/wikileaks-classified-information-state-department-investigates-employee



Thank you, unkachuck! It's probably illegal to even think about Wikileaks. Wouldn't know it, with all these secret laws and courts.

Speaking of which... Whatever happened to that Constitution paper thing, anyway? Did it go the way of the Dodo, 5-4, too?
k&r, always good info Octafish ! nt steve2470 Feb 2012 #1
Thanks, steve2470-san! Privatized Intel is Oh-So-Social. Octafish Mar 2012 #5
Kick & Rec! jannyk Feb 2012 #2
This information makes live tours of an 19th-century sausage factory seem fit for pre-schoolers. Octafish Mar 2012 #6
Half a trillion dollars a year dedicated to breaking stuff and killing people FarCenter Mar 2012 #3
While most everyone I know doesn't mind paying taxes to make the USA a better place... Octafish Mar 2012 #11
Remember these bastards? lonestarnot Mar 2012 #4
Gawsh. That's twice what NASA's entire budget for 2013. Octafish Mar 2012 #12
Hey, Sandy Skoglund photo! Hissyspit Mar 2012 #19
Her work is remarkable. Octafish Mar 2012 #34
Welfare kings! Bastards know exactly about that best welfare state. lonestarnot Mar 2012 #23
Corruption Touched CIA’s Covert Operations Octafish Mar 2012 #33
Throw mo money, throw mo money! lonestarnot Mar 2012 #45
George Carlin was right - we are a war like people. Initech Mar 2012 #7
Mr. Carlin was a living Buddha. Octafish Mar 2012 #20
K&R Hell Hath No Fury Mar 2012 #8
''He who excuses himself, accuses himself.'' -- Gabriel Meurier Octafish Mar 2012 #22
And in related news ... bananas Mar 2012 #9
GOP Spies at Work on Us ... as in 'We the People' Us. Octafish Mar 2012 #10
+1 woo me with science Mar 2012 #17
K&R woo me with science Mar 2012 #13
Oil, Media, and War Octafish Mar 2012 #25
Kick woo me with science Mar 2012 #14
US 'draws up secret charges' against WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Octafish Mar 2012 #28
Always a DURec from me... bvar22 Mar 2012 #15
WikiLeaks Goes Inside Corporate America's Wannabe CIA Octafish Mar 2012 #29
He sure is something!!! n/t greytdemocrat Mar 2012 #39
Kick woo me with science Mar 2012 #16
Was Carol Lam Targeting The White House Prior To Her Firing? Octafish Mar 2012 #18
Lam had a few irons in the fire before she was fired hootinholler Mar 2012 #24
Wow! Sampson Admits He Made Call To Silence FBI Complaints Over Lam’s Firing Octafish Mar 2012 #31
Dusty Foggo’s Girlfriend, John Rizzo, and the Salt Pit Octafish Mar 2012 #32
It's an odd knot hootinholler Mar 2012 #38
K&R....n/t unkachuck Mar 2012 #21
Blogging About WikiLeaks Could Get You Fired Octafish Mar 2012 #30
you're welcome, Octafish....excellent piece....n/t unkachuck Mar 2012 #37
k&r! nt. wildbilln864 Mar 2012 #26
''Trusted Former CIA Cronies'' Octafish Mar 2012 #27
per Smedley Butler..."War is a Racket" nt wildbilln864 Mar 2012 #43
Interesting as always. Quantess Mar 2012 #35
Goss Knew Foggo Shared A Girlfriend With Russian Spy, But Hired Him Anyway Octafish Mar 2012 #36
K&R raouldukelives Mar 2012 #40
'Shadow CIA' buys state secrets for cash via Swiss bank accounts... Octafish Mar 2012 #41
Kick Thanks for the "light" reading Agony Mar 2012 #42
Wikileaks Release Suggests Stratfor Inside Info Plan with Goldman Sachs Exec Octafish Mar 2012 #44
warm and fuzzy kick G_j Apr 2013 #46
Manning the new age truth polynomial Jun 2013 #47
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