The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a memo to its employees warning them that if they were caught reading leaked information about the National Security Agency on the Internet, they could lose their job or face other penalties.
The memo is headed with the title “SECURITY ALERT ***Washington Post Article***.” The text of the memo is below.
Per the National Cybersecurity communications Integration Center:
There is a recent article on the Washington Post’s Website that has a clickable link titled “The NSA Slide you never seen” that must not be opened on an Unclassified government workstation. This link opens up a classified document which will raise the classification level of your Unclassified workstation to the classification of the slide which is reported to be TS/NF.
If opened on an Unclassified system, you are obligated to report this to the SSO as a Classified Data Spillage (Opssecurity@hq.dhs.gov <mailto:Opssecurity@hq.dhs.gov> <mailto:Opssecurity@hq.dhs.gov <mailto:Opssecurity@hq.dhs.gov> >).
Again, please exercise good judgment when visiting these webpages and clicking on such links. You may be violating your Non-Disclosure Agreement in which you sign that you will protect Classified National Security Information. You may be subject to any administrative or legal action from the Government.
The DHS does not oversee the NSA but it appears that the two intelligence agencies are on the same page. It is unclear whether all federal agencies issued similar warnings.
NSA whistleblower Eric Snowden is still at the Moscow airport, The Inquisitr reported. He is seeking asylum from U.S. prosecutors who want to arrest and charge him with treason.