COUNTERSPIES TAR­GET LEAKS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

Once lim­ited mainly to track­ing and stop­ping for­eign spies, U.S. coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence agents this month were tasked with an ad­di­tional mis­sion: stop leaks of in­for­ma­tion, a sta­ple of the Wash­ing­ton scene for decades.

Direc­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence James R. Clap­per on June 7 is­sued In­tel­li­gence Com­mu­nity Di­rec­tive 700 on the pro­tec­tion of na­tional in­tel­li­gence. It gives new au­thor­ity to counterspies to go af­ter “in­sid­ers” who dis­close in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion.

The order calls for greater in­te­gra­tion of security and coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence in bat­tling “for­eign in­tel­li­gence ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing es­pi­onage, sab­o­tage and as­sas­si­na­tions.”

It adds to the mis­sion the de­ter­rence, de­tec­tion and mit­i­ga­tion of “in­sider threats” that are de­fined as those who use “au­tho­rized ac­cess to do harm to the security of the U.S. through es­pi­onage, ter­ror­ism, unau­tho­rized dis­clo­sure of in­for­ma­tion.”

The ad­di­tional task of stop­ping leaks is new and re­flects the post-Wik­iLeaks en­vi­ron­ment fol­low­ing the loss of some 250,000 clas­si­fied doc­u­ments that ended up on the anti-se­crecy web­site.

Bill Gertz can be reached at in­sid­e­ther­ing@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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