Could Reading WikiLeaks Get You Fired?


Of course it all depends on who exactly your employer is.

According to a memo from The White House Office of Management and Budget government employees should not read any classified memos on the WikiLeaks site.

Even though the the site is public, and has already been accessed by the world and his dog, it does,

“…not alter the documents’ classified status or automatically result in declassification of the documents. To the contrary, classified information, whether or not already posted on public websites or disclosed to the media remains classified, and must be treated as such by federal employees and contractors, until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. Government authority”

So does this mean that a federal employee or contractor could be fired for reading classified information on WikiLeaks?

Well, possibly it could, says Moira Mack –

“Any breaches of protocols governing access to classified material are subject to applicable sanctions under long-standing and existing law.”

So, if you are a federal employee, you better look away now…

For everyone else, the latest means of finding ‘everything that is wrong with the US’ is to surf over to

(Thanks to one of my subscribers, Rodolfo, for making me realise I’d not previously listed the latest web address for WikiLeaks)

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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