Media News - Friday, July 20, 2012
Leon Panetta, the U.S. Defence Secretary, has ordered senior Pentagon officials to begin monitoring major U.S. news media for disclosures of classified information in an effort to stop the release of government secrets in the wake of a series of high-profile leaks. Reports about U.S. cyber warfare against Iran, procedures for targeting fighters with drones and a double agent who penetrated an armed group in Yemen have angered U.S. lawmakers. Some have charged the leaks were timed to benefit President Barack Obama's re-election bid. In addition to the media monitoring, the Pentagon said it had taken a number of other steps in recent months to improve information security. The measures included improved training for handling classified information, the publication of a manual with clear instructions on what constitutes an unauthorised disclosure and the creation of an online security incident reporting system. (Al Jazeera)
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