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Nov302010

State Dept. Cuts Dept. of Defense Access to Classified Cable System

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As a temporary measure while it determines how to stop future leaks of classified cables, the State Department last Friday severed the link between its classified cable system and the Department of Defense’s SIPRNet classified system, according to a senior U.S. official.
 
The official said this type of mass export of documents is impossible on the State Department network, so this step was taken until the Department of Defense strengthens its security measures. The SIPRNet system is the one Private Manning allegedly used to access and remove the classified information.
 
At a press briefing Tuesday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley wouldn’t go into details, but said that the department has taken temporary steps to narrow access to its classified system from one other outside network while it reviews its internal controls. In the future, says Crowley, officials will work to implement features that would detect and stop a mass export of documents.
 
Post-9/11, the government has worked to broaden information sharing throughout departments and agencies. Officials said Tuesday that in light of the recent breach, things might have to go in the other direction. Crowley said they must weigh the “need to know” and the “need to protect” information.

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