Another possibility for securing diplomatic communications that worries some former diplomats: Classifying more dispatches as top secret. That would route them through different networks with smaller audiences. None of the quarter-million cables WikiLeaks released were classified "top secret"; only 15,000 were classified "secret."Image credit: Flickr creative commons licensed photo by "Ninja M."
That would reverse a trend in recent years of seeking to classify only those data that really needed it. "Overclassification would be a total abuse of the system," said David Shinn, a 37-year State Department veteran and former ambassador.
In the wake of the leaks, State Department veterans also worry that U.S. diplomats will have a harder time getting information from local sources.
"My concern is the degree to which foreign interlocutors will be willing to share information," said Amb. Shinn. "We're probably going to have a less-open dialogue with them than would otherwise be the case."
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I'm quoted in Keith Johnson's Wall Street Journal article, "U.S. Rethinks Access to Data." Here's the quote: