It’s worthwhile to remember that of the 250,000 documents in Wikileaks is slowly releasing, more than half (130,000) are unclassified. So what’s the deal with them? Well, the Congressional Research Service is asking for guidance as to whether their analysts could use the unclassified cables for their work. According to the director:
“…it seems clear that the republication of known classified information by CRS in an unclassified format (e.g., CRS reports or congressional distribution memoranda) is prohibited. We believe this prohibition against the further dissemination of classified information in an unclassified setting applies even if a secondary source (e,g., a newspaper, journal, or website) has reprinted the classified document. The laws and applicable regulations are decidedly less clear, however, when it comes to referencing and citing secondary sources that refer to, summarize, or restate classified information.”
How about a little common sense and explicitly stating that people need not worry about losing their clearances or being subject to criminal penalties for reading the unclass stuff?