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White House Moves to Change Classified Information Procedures in Response to WikiLeaks

President Obama's national security team is coordinating new interagency efforts to review and improve the way the government handles classified information, in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks release of secret information.

The White House announced today that Russell Travers, a deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center, will lead a comprehensive effort to identify and develop the structural reforms needed to prevent future leaks. His official title will be Senior Adviser for Information Access and Security Policy for the National Security staff.

Additionally, the president's Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), which exists to review intelligence issues, will do an independent examination of the way the executive branch shares and protects classified information.

On top of that, the Office of Management and Budget has ordered every federal department and agency to create teams to review their procedures for safeguarding classified information. Some agencies had already initiated such reviews.

The State Department and Defense Department are also conducting their own security reviews.

Meanwhile, Congress is set to pass whistle-blowing legislation to help government employees report corruption or mismanagement so they do not feel compelled to turn over secret information to outside groups like WikiLeaks. The Senate is expected to pass the bill this week, followed by the House.



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