Leaked McMaster memo announces new anti-leak training
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster sent a memo on Friday to most senior officials in the administration announcing a new training program intended to stop leaks of classified and controlled information. BuzzFeed News published the memo on Wednesday after somebody leaked it.
“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,” McMaster wrote — unconvincingly, it appears.
The memo directs the entire federal workforce to undergo anti-leak training between September 18 and September 23. McMaster urges federal agencies to devote this hour to “discussion on the importance of protecting classified and controlled unclassified information, and measures to prevent and detect unauthorized disclosures.”
For reference, the memo includes an assortment of “training materials,” including Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s August press conference about leaks, signaling that McMaster recognizes federal employees must be ordered to actually listen to what the attorney general has to say.
The memo is just the latest instance of the media obtaining leaked information about senior White House officials trying to crack down on leaked information. Wired obtained in August a copy of an hour-long lecture by Jared Kushner that mentions the importance of not leaking. Politico reported in February on former press sec Sean Spicer demanding to check communication staffers’ phones after one of the staffers leaked the details.
You can read McMaster’s full memo below over at BuzzFeed.
[BuzzFeed News |photo: Getty]