• State Dept: Look But Don’t Touch Snowden

    July 3, 2013

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    Posted in: Embassy/State

    While the entire rest of the world chews over Edward Snowden’s disclosures, sleep safe America, because your State Department (as well as somehow the Department of Agriculture) has its collective head in the sand.

    A previously-unpublished cable sent recently to all employees worldwide “allows” them to look at Snowden’s disclosures on the internet (congrats; that’s a step up from when Hillary Clinton banned everyone from looking at Wikileaks at work) but they better darn well not “save, copy, or print” anything. See, if you just look at a document on that thar computin’ machine, it’s A-OK. But if yens’ print it out, then it becomes magically super-classified again and you gotta poke out yer own eyes. And you kids better not be doin’ any more speculating or you’ll feel my belt on yer backside! Makes sense, right?

    Read it yourself (it’s all unclassified) and pretend you’re a real diplomat. Just be sure not to print this out or there’ll be a knock on your door late tonight!

    FM SECSTATE WASHDC
    TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
    AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI IMMEDIATE
    INFO DEPT OF AGRICULTURE USD FAS WASHINGTON DC
    UNCLAS STATE 088244
    E.O. 13526: N/A
    TAGS: ASEC
    SUBJECT: PROPER HANDLING OF PURPORTED CLASSIFIED MATERIALS IN THE MEDIA

    1. The Department reminds all personnel that the unauthorized
    disclosure of purported classified documents in the media (whether
    in print or on blogs and websites) does not mean the documents have
    been declassified. All employees must continue to abide by the
    classification markings on such documents and handle them with the
    appropriate protections, even if they have been posted on internet
    websites or otherwise been made public by the media.

    2. While Department employees may access news articles or outlets
    using the Department’s unclassified computer network (OpenNet), you
    are reminded not to save, copy, or print any purported classified
    documents
    that may be posted on or available for download from media
    websites. If you must print such purported classified material, it
    must be handled in accordance with 12 FAM 530, which requires
    locking classified materials in proper containers, as well as all
    other applicable FAM and FAH regulations governing protection of
    classified material.

    3. Personnel should neither speculate about the authenticity of any
    such document nor discuss whether any publicly released document is
    classified or unclassified. Any media inquiries should be referred
    to your post’s Public Affairs office.

    4. Further questions regarding how to handle purported classified
    material found in the media should be directed to your Regional
    Security Office.

    5. Minimize considered.

    Kerry


    BONUS: The Army is scared too.



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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Why doesn’t WMW report on the “important” issues of our day the MSM covers obsessively like George Zimmerman, Jodie Arias, Casey Anthony instead of some insignificant issues.

      “These are not the Droids you are looking for.”

      07/3/13 2:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Department employees are still free to use the Department’s computer network to shop, Facebook, play fantasy football, etc etc since most have nothing better to do.

      07/3/13 2:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Andrey said...

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      Well, at least their European lackeys are on full alert. Gotta love how they dutifully grounded and searched the Bolivian Air Force One.

      07/3/13 6:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      4

      Yep, we are not just in Kansas anymore. The whole world got a look behind the digital curtain and it should be very afraid.

      07/4/13 1:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

      5

      There’s a shop on the grounds of the old US Embassy in Tehran that sells in book format shredded US embassy-Tehran cables that were pieced back together by the Iranian students who had overrun the post at the time of the revolution. Would something like that still be classified?

      07/4/13 2:07 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      6

      State “likes” Facebook:

      FOX: The State Department spent more than $630,000 on advertising campaigns to boost the number of Facebook “likes” for the agency’s pages on the website, according to a report released by the agency’s inspector general. Between 2011 and March 2013, the agency’s Bureau of International Information Programs used the funds on advertising to increase the number of fans for each of its four Facebook pages from 100,000 to more than 2 million, according to the May report.

      The report found that many employees in the bureau were critical of the advertising campaigns and felt that the agency was “buying fans” who may have once clicked. Reportedly, these employees have been sent to re-education camps at FSI.

      07/4/13 9:41 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote”Yep, we are not just in Kansas anymore. The whole world got a look behind the digital curtain and it should be very afraid.”unquote

      Ditto. The man behind the curtain just lied to Congress too, and now begs for forgiveness by admitting his least untruthful statement was in error. From the looks of things, they’ve forgiven him now. fucking priceless.

      youbetcha were not in Kansas anymore. At this point, the ruling elite are in panic mode and piling mistake upon mistake. Nothing else can explain the blatant display of the two tiered in-justice system in Congress, unless, they just don’t give a fuck anymore. Just raise their middle finger to the world and be done with it. No more deception. Plain and simple..WE ARE THE ELITE..FUCK YOU.

      Well…we’ll see about that. I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that ole axiom..”you can fool some of the people all the time..” is about to explode in their face.

      At this point though, something ought to be tickling peoples cognitive dissonance in regards to how they can stop this madness. Well..I have a suggestion. Stop enabling them. Short of massive insurrection, nothing else will do it. After all, they can’t arrest the entire nation for refuting the Law That Never Was. ..ie..the income tax. yesireeebob..the enabler of all enablers. The PTB heads would explode in unison.

      Let me put it this way. These bastards in Congress, appropriate BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars in foreign aid to country’s around the world to BUY WEAPONS. At the same time, the government collectivists are doing everything in their power to usurp the 2nd Amendment. Cognitive dissonance anyone? I rest my case. Good luck America. Your gonna need it in the next 3 years.
      But just in case you fail..you always have the Kardashians to ease the pain.

      07/4/13 12:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Lafcadio said...

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      PVB:

      Great job printing this! You just added a brown spot to Pat Kennedy’s tighty whiteys!

      More and more people are figuring out (finally!) that a lot of their bosses in the USG are scumbags who only oozed their up to the modest levels they have because of their sychophantic nature.

      Personally, anything I can do to up the blood pressure of these assorted scum is gonna happen.

      07/4/13 1:33 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      UN Secretary/full time human parrot Ban Ki Moon was in Iceland Tuesday meeting with Icelandic government ministers in a possible private meeting on Snowden

      Moon apparently expressed his ‘personal’ views to Icelandic government minister decrying Snowden’s ‘misuse’ of digital information while in a separate interview with reporters, he had expressed hope ‘dialogue’ among ‘friendly, cooperative relationships among the parties concerned” would resolve the controversy of UN offices being spied on by our side

      It’s interesting Ban Ki Moon uses the word ‘misuse’ and not illegal though that might be tailored to the audience he hopes to influence:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/03/edward-snowden-digital-misuse-ban-ki-moon

      It makes our side look utterly passive-aggressive when there is Russia and the UN wagging a finger pleading with a 30 year old ‘hacker’ to now stop embarassing our government officials; then occurs this embarassing imbroglio with the forced landing of the Bolivian president’s plane.

      This guy is not Bin Ladin, for whom it took too long to capture and I cant recall the plane of any presidents in southwest asia being diverted, but at least some of our patriots were able to profit handsomely with how long ‘the search’ dragged on

      07/4/13 2:08 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      1. A NY Times article issued today that says the Internet suveillance program was supposed to have ended in 2011 after a meeting with Congressionals and admin officials, with the reasons why the program was ended cited below:

      “…The issue underscored the criticism over the Obama administration’s inconsistent statements about N.S.A. surveillance operations, and also suggested growing restiveness within Congress about the scope of domestic spying programs.

      Late Tuesday, Mr. Clapper released a letter of apology to the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for what he said were “clearly erroneous” statements during public testimony before the panel in March. At that time Mr. Clapper denied that the N.S.A. collected private data on millions of American citizens, but his statements were proven wrong by the disclosures made by Mr. Snowden.

      Mr. Clapper’s apology, made in a June 21 letter to the committee chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, came after he admitted, in a television interview earlier in June, that in his testimony he had used the “least untruthful” way to answer a question about domestic surveillance. Mr. Clapper’s statement was made in response to a question from Mr. Wyden, who has made it clear he already knew the answer and was trying to force Mr. Clapper into a public admission on the scope of the domestic collection.

      In their letter on Tuesday, Mr. Wyden and Mr. Udall said that before the Internet data collection program was discontinued, American intelligence officials had repeatedly exaggerated its value in classified statements made both to Congress and to a secret court that oversees national security surveillance… ”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/lawmakers-question-white-house-account-of-an-internet-surveillance-program.html?ref=world

      2. The second link is a revisit to the Daily Show segment showing the March Testimony involving Congressional officials and NSA Chief Clapper.

      This clip is embedded as it shows Chief Clapper’s actual response to whether the NSA spied on Americans, ‘No, not wittingly” — purportedly the ‘least untruthful’ response Clapper could provide Congress per a tv interview admission he made:

      http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-10-2013/good-news–you-re-not-paranoid—nsa-oversight

      07/4/13 3:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      “The report found that many employees in the bureau were critical of the advertising campaigns and felt that the agency was “buying fans” who may have once clicked. Reportedly, these employees have been sent to re-education camps at FSI”

      That was an interesting report by the IG and probably excludes a number of real problems but at least there was a review lol. Arent the people lucky??

      Unfortunately over half of the employees in IIP are now contractors, so most likely their employment is quietly ended and the employee gone with no recourse if an issue arises because that is the beauty of using contractors. The beauty is — what are the issues that can be used to terminate contractors and the results would be surprising — if only both the employee and the supervisor’s report could be accessed because often the basis is presented as competency, too often a cover for matters when the employee excercises competency and damn good job knowledge but has raised a legit concern. But if the employee gets the door asap, no one hears what really transpired

      It’s not hard to fire civil or foreign service staff who do not fall obviously into a ‘protected category’ (for whom it is very hard to put a case together to fire) – it’s that the supervisor has to break a fingernail documenting and providing legitimate reasons to fire staff who deign ask questions about results of programs. Then that requires the supervisor to excercise some imagination how to present a case depicting the employee as being deficient when the employee is not deficient in their work

      Some supervisors dont like to be bothered with writing up a report and culling evidence – especially when there is no evidence it’s just that the employee expressed views how a program could be improved upon – normally NOT a basis for termination in the real private sector outside the Beltway but an egregious affront inside the Beltway where it can be perceived an affront to allowing inefficient programs to continue because it benefits someone.

      There’s no reeducation camp for IIP employees who ask questions — just the door and a faster exit if they are contractors, the reason for hiring so many contractors for previously what was done by civil service. The leadership however has pretty much stayed the same and hence the buying of likes because that is easier for them to achieve

      07/4/13 3:28 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

      12

      07/4/13 9:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      It will be interesting to see what happens in Iceland, then. All of a sudden, Iceland is getting alot of attention

      07/5/13 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The weakness of Total Informantion Awareness has been exposed…again. It appears EUR countries as well as the rest of US fell for the oldest CI trick in the book, the “Snow” job as “intelligence” bugging created a false alarm that Snowden was on the flight to Bolivia. Reportedly, Ecuador found a bug placed in its Embassy in London LAST MONTH. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told a news conference in Quito the bug was found last month when Ecuadorean technicians reviewed the embassy’s wiring. Which ought to raise questions about why they’ve chosen this moment to make a stink about it. Did they leave it in place to sow disinformation, such as the Snowden flight to expose the buggers? Spain says is was sure Snowden was on Morales’ plane.

      Ben Franklin – “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.” And when it comes to what the NSA and CIA say, always believe the opposite.

      07/5/13 5:54 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote” And when it comes to what the NSA and CIA say, always believe the opposite.”unquote

      When the NSA/CIA speak, it’s living proof that Shit can formulate sentences.

      07/5/13 6:32 PM | Comment Link

    • bob said...

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      So printing a publicly available classified document and not handling it IAW 12 FAM 530 is a violation? Never mind that the OpenNet workstation’s browser cache and print spooler now contains the classified info, making that workstation’s drive and everything on the connected network classified as well. Who’s responsible for the handling of THAT classified information?

      07/8/13 11:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Revelations like these makes one think State is run by a bunch of idiots who couldn’t get a job in the real world.

      http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/09:

      07/9/13 4:50 PM | Comment Link

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