Monday, January 30, 2012

US striving to prevent WikiLeaks repeat: spy chief

The United States is taking "serious and noticeable" measures to prevent another breach of classified files like the massive WikiLeaks document dump, the nation's spy chief said Thursday.

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, said changes were being implemented over the next five years that would create a new security "architecture," making it infinitely harder to disclose America's secrets.

The "terrible event," which saw thousands of US diplomatic and military cables exposed for public scrutiny, "caused us to make some changes," Clapper told a Washington think-tank.

"We have to do more to protect datas and ensure that the information we are giving is actually going to an authorized recipient."

Chief among the changes are improvements in "labeling," and digital "tagging" of diplomatic cables, Clapper said during remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Read More