Issa Queries Administration on Classified Documents Obtained by WikiLeaks
WASHINGTON, DC – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa, today in a letter to National Security Advisor Jim Jones, asked the Administration to respond to questions and provide information about efforts to prevent the Internet publication of leaked national security documents. Issa’s query comes in advance of the anticipated publication of classified Department of Defense documents obtained by the organization WikiLeaks.
“Concerns of Pentagon officials that the anticipated publication of classified documents by WikiLeaks will cause significant harm to national security interests and place lives at risk underscores the importance of having relevant Federal agencies working under a unified strategy,” said Rep. Issa on sending the letter. “Because information can move rapidly over the Internet, and into the hands of our enemies, it is imperative that diplomatic, law enforcement, and other government efforts are being effectively coordinated to protect sensitive information and ultimately innocent lives.”
Rep. Issa’s letter requests that the Administration provide information including specific diplomatic and legal steps it is taking in regard to WikiLeaks by August 23, 2010.