National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has directed top officials to warn staff next week about the dangers and consequences of leaking even unclassified information — and BuzzFeed News got the memo.
According to the outlet, which posted the memo in full, the unclassified document discusses a request that departments hold a one-hour training session next week on "unauthorized disclosures."
"The unauthorized disclosure of classified information or controlled unclassified United States Government information causes harm to our nation and shakes the confidence of the American people," he stated in the memo, dated Sept. 8, BuzzFeed reported.
"In this era of unprecedented unauthorized disclosures, it is important to take time to review with your workforce their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding United States Government information."
The effort comes as the Trump administration is ramping up efforts to crack down on leaks that have plagued the young administration — including by the Department of Justice.
McMaster's request includes "[s]uggested training materials" — provided by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center — that include the 15-minute C-SPAN video of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' August news conference about leaks, and a Fox News video of an interview with the National Counterintelligence and Security Center's director, William Evanina.
"However, it is equally important to discuss the importance of protecting controlled unclassified and personally identifiable information from unauthorized public disclosure," McMaster stated.
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