State Dept. Official Warns Columbia Students: Don't Post Wikileaks
The State Department really doesn't want people reading or discussing Wikileaks' torrent of secret documents, and that goes double for anyone who dreams of working as a diplomat.
Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs confirmed today that its Office of Career Services sent out a message from a State Department official to students warning them not to post or debate recently released Wikileaks papers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
According to the anonymous State staffer, a SIPA alumnus, the Wikileaks files remain classified and circulation "would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government."
Hmmm... If paper burns at Fahrenheit 451, what's the combustion point for an iPad?
Read the letter, AFTER THE JUMP...
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