NSA Monitoring Blogs for Leaks

Posted on August 30, 2006

Secrecy news reports that the NSA is now monitoring media, including blogs, for leaks of classified NSA information.
"All NSA Components shall actively monitor media for the purpose of identifying unauthorized disclosures of classified NSA information," a March 20 NSA directive stated.

"Media" here is defined as "any print, electronic, or broadcast outlet (including blogs) where information is made available to the general public."

The new NSA policy on leaks was first reported by Siobhan Gorman in "NSA Strives to Plug Leaks," Baltimore Sun, July 23, 2006.

An annex to the NSA directive lists a series of questions to be asked about unauthorized disclosures in order to assess their significance, including: "Is the disclosed information accurate?" Has the information been requested under the Freedom of Information Act? "If yes, identify the requester."
You can see the NSA document here on the Federation of American Scientists website. The part about blogs is under the definitions section.
21. (U) Media -- Any print, electronic, or broadcast outlet (including blogs) where information is made available to the general public.
It is unclear how many people the NSA has assigned to this leak-finding mission which apparently began on March 20th, 2006.

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