DOD coun­ter­spy­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The Pen­tagon last month is­sued a new coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence direc­tive fol­low­ing one of its worst in­for­ma­tion-se­cu­rity fail­ures in his­tory: the leak­ing of thou­sands of clas­si­fied mil­i­tary and diplo­matic doc­u­ments to the anti-se­crecy site Wik­iLeaks.

The May 17 direc­tive out­lines new re­quire­ments for all mil­i­tary and civil­ian de­fense of­fi­cials to re­port “con­tacts, ac­tiv­i­ties, in­di­ca­tors and be­hav­iors associated with for­eign in­tel­li­gence en­ti­ties (FIEs),” a term that in­cludes in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ists. The direc­tive also says mil­i­tary per­son­nel are now sub­ject to pros­e­cu­tion un­der mil­i­tar y law for vi­o­lat­ing the re­port­ing re­quire­ments, while civil­ians face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

The direc­tive also up­dates of­fi­cial re­port­ing on for­eign in­tel­li­gence “cy­berspace con­tacts, ac­tiv­i­ties, in­di­ca­tors, and be­hav­iors.” The direc­tive is ti­tled “Coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence Aware­ness and Re­port­ing” and says all per­son­nel must be trained on threats from for­eign spies and ter­ror­ists, their meth­ods, in­clud­ing the use of the In­ter­net and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion such as so­cial net­work­ing sites.

Pen­tagon of­fi­cials also will be trained about the “CI in­sider,” per­haps the clos­est the direc­tive comes to dis­cussing the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Man­ning, who was charged with us­ing his ac­cess to mil­i­tary and diplo­matic se­crets while posted in Iraq to down­load and trans­fer hun­dreds of thou­sands of doc­u­ments to Wik­iLeaks. Among the charges against Pfc. . Man­ning are “aid­ing the en­emy.” The direc­tive was first

The deadly mas­sacre at Fort Hood car­ried out by Is­lamist ter­ror suspect Maj. Nidal Ma­lik Hasan also played a role, Cmdr. Me­hal said.

A Pen­tagon re­port on the shoot­ing called for re­port­ing on “self-rad­i­cal­iza­tion” and also fixes the prob­lem of how to re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iors not linked to for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vices or in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ists but that should be alerted to com­man­ders.

Not let­ting this hap­pen again: Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange

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