US severs computer access to diplomatic messages

State Department disconnects access to its files from US government's classified network; move dramatically reduces number of employees inside gov't who can see important diplomatic messages.

December 1, 2010 00:44
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton speaking to press. (photo credit: Associated Press)

WASHINGTON  — Reeling from disclosures of sensitive diplomatic messages, the State Department has disconnected access to its files from the US government's classified computer network.

The move dramatically reduces the number of employees inside the government who can see important diplomatic messages.

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US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the decision was temporary, at least until workers correct what he called "weaknesses in the system that have become evident because of this leak."

WikiLeaks, a self-styled whistle-blower organization, this week published some of more than a quarter-million diplomatic memos that were never intended to be read outside the US government.

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