White House Warns Government Workers on Calling Up WikiLeaks

The Obama administration said federal employees and contractors shouldn’t call up classified documents, including those posted by WikiLeaks.org.

In a memo today, the Office of Management and Budget, said the WikiLeaks disclosures damaged U.S. national security and warned that the documents remain protected.

“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,” the memo said.

WikiLeaks last weekend began posting about 250,000 documents detailing internal communications by U.S. diplomats and potentially embarrassing comments on world leaders.

In response, President Barack Obama named an adviser to examine ways to better protect government documents and opened a Justice Department criminal investigation.

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