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Friday
Oct072011

WikiLeaks Threat Prompts Obama to Tighten Security

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed an executive order on Friday to tighten the government’s handling of classified secrets and prevent any future “insider threat” incidents like the 2010 WikiLeaks publication of damaging classified emails and government documents.

Thousands of sensitive and embarrassing messages were released worldwide, illegally the president says, and his administration responded with a review and tightened procedures for handling secret information.

Among the reforms the White House says are already in place: better verification of who is accessing specific areas of information and what kind of removable media are used.

In the WikiLeaks case, an Army Sgt. Bradley Manning remains in custody, accused of loading classified messages onto a CD which he had labeled to appear to be music by Lady Gaga.

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