DNI Directive on Unauthorized Disclosures (2007) Released

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week released Intelligence Community Directive 701 (pdf), entitled “Security Policy Directive for Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information,” dated March 14, 2007.

The directive sets forth procedures and requirements for identifying and reporting suspected unauthorized disclosures of classified information that are likely to cause damage to national security interests.  These may include unauthorized disclosures to the media concerning U.S. intelligence activities, the loss or compromise of classified information storage media or equipment, the discovery of clandestine surveillance devices, or the compromise of the intelligence operations of foreign partners.  All such disclosures are to be reported to the DNI via the Special Security Center (SSC), a component of the ODNI.

The 2007 directive, signed by then-DNI J. Michael McConnell, seems measured and matter of fact by comparison with the 2002 directive (pdf) that it replaced, which was issued by then-DCI George J. Tenet.  The Tenet directive had a lot more adjectives (“strong”, “aggressive”) connoting forceful opposition to leaks, as well as a bit of chest-thumping (leaks “shall not be tolerated or condoned”).  For whatever reason, most of that colorful language was removed in the 2007 directive.  A copy of the 2002 Tenet DCI Directive 6/8, which was originally obtained by Wikileaks in 2008, is here.

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  1. Leutrell Osborne, Sr. October 4, 2010 at 9:53 AM #

    Is secrecy more important that better use of government resources? What are the pros and cons of tracing sensitive information getting out versus improving the government process of doing the “intelligence enterprise”. Seems as if cya activities overwhelm govt types more so than continuous improvement. Pls include us in this topic since undefined govt resources will be used on tracking and monitoring than more effective use of govt resources. I would like to be proved wrong. Perhaps Congress when it overcomes the proclivity of doing vulnerability exercises may be able to get the Government NIC resources moving with greater productivity? Just one former CIA spy manager who has exceptional Counter Intelligence (CI) experience. Google Leutrell COINTEL?