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article imageDHS cautions staff against reading The Washington Post online

By Kirstin Stokes Smith     Jul 18, 2013 in World
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staff could find themselves out of a job when they view The Washington Post’s July 10 Snowden leaks article, "The NSA slide you haven’t seen."
According to a DHS department-wide memo, people who view this article anywhere other than a DHS workstation, “may be violating [their] non-disclosure agreement” stipulating that employees “protect classified national security information,” reports The Inquisitr.
The Washington Post received a copy of the memo. Text from the DHS memo reads:
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 9:50 AM
Subject: SECURITY ALERT ***Washington Post Article***
Importance: High
FYSA…From DHS HQ
Per the National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center:
There is a recent article on the Washington Post’s Website that has a clickable link titled “The NSA Slide you never seen” that must not be opened on an Unclassified government workstation. This link opens up a classified document which will raise the classification level of your Unclassified workstation to the classification of the slide which is reported to be TS/NF.
If opened on an Unclassified system, you are obligated to report this to the SSO as a Classified Data Spillage (Opssecurity@hq.dhs.gov
Leaks by former National Security Agency (NSA) technical contractor and former employee of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Edward Snowden, have turned US intelligence organizations on their collective heads. On June 14 Snowden was charged with espionage and theft of government property by US federal prosecutors.
At the heart of the Snowden leaks controversy is information Snowden shared with The Guardian. The leaked documents revealed official and secret documents showing the extensive surveillance abilities of the NSA, CIA, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the extent to which they are being used in the US.
Snowden is currently holed up in a transit zone in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, where he has been waiting for nearly one month. Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia as he waits for air transport to South America. Bolivia, Venezuela, or Nicaragua, which have offered safe haven to Snowden, reports The Verge.
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