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The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms conducting Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. government, according to the copy of an email obtained by . The Diplomatic Security Bureau at State sent out a notice Thursday to all department employees warning them to protect classified information and reject inquiries from the press when the new web feature goes live.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-28017" title="080502-F-5223A-187" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2010/07/080502-F-5223A-187.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="429" /> Late last week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence sent out the call to contractors and intelligence agencies: the Washington Post is gearing up an expose, so compile a list of your triumphs. Some of those memos have now arrived in reporters’ inboxes as pushback to the Post’s “ Top Secret America” series .
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-28078" title="070413-D-9880W-082" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2010/07/DD-SD-08-13537.jpeg" alt="" width="640" height="458" /> Some of America’s spy agencies probably rely too much on outside companies. But don’t freak out about spooks-for-hire just because of a newspaper article or two, Director of National Intelligence nominee James Clapper told the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday afternoon. It’s an understatement to say that the Washington Post ‘s series on the sprawl of the intelligence community hung over Clapper’s nomination hearing. Most senators on the panel asked Clapper, the current chief of defense intelligence and decades-long intel veteran, about how he’d exercise control over one of its key themes: what Senator Olympia Snowe called the intelligence “mega-bureaucracy.”