Army updates espionage rule book after WikiLeaks

October 6, 2010 04:31
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WASHINGTON — The US Army has updated its 17-year-old rule book on espionage to specifically require that troops alert authorities if they suspect classified leaks to the media.

The revision came on the heels of the service's WikiLeaks debacle. Earlier this year, an Army intelligence analyst was charged with providing a classified video to WikiLeaks, an anti-war organization that runs what it describes as a whistle-blower Web site.

The new Army regulation, released Monday, requires that troops alert authorities if they suspect that classified information has been provided to anyone who isn't authorized to have it. It also directs the Army to create a central system to collect threat reports.

The guideline identified media leaks as a threat for the first time. Soldiers also will be required to alert authorities if classified information has been removed from the workplace.

The guidelines are much more specific than the 1993 version, which required that troops report cases of treason or attempted intrusions into automated systems.

Pfc. Bradley Manning was charged with leaking video of a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver. WikiLeaks posted the video on its website in April.

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