Sunday, December 5, 2010

Students learn WikiLeaks cables too dangerous to touch

Columbia's SIPAA program partnered with the State Department to scare its students.

Integral to the mission of the United States Department of Fear is to encourage other departments of the federal government to spread fear in the interest of a more profitable foreign policy.  

That's why we love this letter.   A State Department official wrote to Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs this week.  The letter was a warning to students, informing them that talking about WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could ruin their futures by endangering their job prospects (so true).    Here's the letter

From: Office of Career Services 
Date: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM
Subject: Wikileaks - Advice from an alum
To: "Office of Career Services (OCS)"

Hi students,

We received a call today from a SIPA alumnus who is working at the State Department. He asked us to pass along the following information to anyone who will be applying for jobs in the federal government, since all would require a background investigation and in some instances a security clearance.

The documents released during the past few months through Wikileaks are still considered classified documents. He recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter. Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.


Office of Career Services

The United States Department of Fear is proud to call the author of this letter one of our own.   

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