November 30, 2010

Government agency warns employees that looking at Wikileaks could be a criminal offense

Progressive Review - At least one government agency- The Social Security Administration - is warning employees that even browsing Wikileaks could be a criminal offense. The Review has revceived a copy of an email sent to staffers with the subject line, "Information Security Bulletin: WIKILEAKS." Here's the threat:

"Earlier this year a large amount of United States government classified information was illegally released to the public website WIKILEAKS. The documents on WIKILEAKS could place military personnel and United States supporters in Iraq and Afghanistan at an increased risk of harm.

"Despite these documents being publicly accessible over the internet, the documents remain classified and SSA employees should not access, download, or transmit them. Individuals may be subject to applicable federal criminal statutes for unlawful access to or transmission of classified information."

7 comments:

Lloyd said...

What if I'm reading a NYT piece that quotes from WikiLeaks? At home? Am I going to get arrested?

Anonymous said...

LLoyd -- give them time, give them time...

Jeremy said...

What if I'm a researcher who's uncovered top-secret illegal experimentation and whistleblower eradication programs run by my government, what do I do then?

Anonymous said...

Only The Social Security Administration has issued this. My question is are they going to "wire tap" every employee to see what they are looking at in their home on the internet? Wouldn't put it past them to do so.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I see. We do not want Americans or federal employees having the same access to information as the rest of the world. Got it, brilliant.

Nicky B. said...

I am with the above. Will I get prosecuted for viewing these cables? I read the NYT as well as read on the cable viewer. Can anyone quote a federal law that would make this illegal?

The Feds would have to build new prisons just to hold all of us that have viewed them.

Rick Fisher said...

No, the prison idea is out. Local communities don't want them in their backyard. Just ask GEO Services how well they fared when they tried to sell their prison idea to the locals in Northampton County, PA. We were surprised there wasn't tar and feathers at the exits.

The Feds will have to put ankle bracelets on everyone and restrict you to your home for 6 months without fantasy football.