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December, 2010

The other night on CNN, Wolf Blitzer was reporting on the latest disclosure by WikiLeaks of confidential information from the US government. He wanted to know if the government is doing anything to prevent someone from downloading millions of sensitive documents. Wolf asked “In other words, somebody right now who has top secret or secret security clearance can no longer download information onto a C.D. or a thumb drive? Has that been fixed already?”

This is the second major data leak from the US government in a very short time. In this case, it was diplomatic cables from the State Department. The previous leak was embarrassing documents from the US military. The recent confidential documents were copied onto what appeared to be a Lady Gaga CD and the person just walked out the door. At the very least these are embarrassing incidents. At worst they could damage reputations, trust, national security and cause legal and financial nightmares. Read More