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Questions tagged [classified-information]

Classified information refers to material that has been designated as sensitive by a government body or organisation. Laws and regulations on classifying information and the handeling thereof vary per country and organisation.

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Do elected officials need to pass background checks to obtain security clearances?

I was in the Navy and during my time I needed a background check to get the required security clearance. How does this work with elected officials? Can the president of the United States, senator, or ...
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Was the Walsh special counsel report (on the Iran Contra) released completely uncensored?

The Iran Contra affair was investigated by special counsel (actually "Independent Counsel" as it was called back then) Lawrence Walsh. I found his final report on archive.org but it's a bit too long ...
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What declassification is Trump considering?

Yesterday President Trump tweeted this: The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy - & they don’t know what to do. The Economy is booming like never ...
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Why do ex-government employees have security clearances?

The recent headlines regarding the current administration revocation of clearances, prompts the question. I would like to understand why this group of ex-government personnel (not the line-level ...
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What is Russian Federation policy for information declassification related to historical events within neighboring countries?

During the last years I have encountered several cases when Russian classified documents are supposed to contain relevant information for some key events in Romania: Romania's last king - some ...
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What was the TOP SECRET information in the Nunes Memo?

By order of the President, the Nunes Memo was declassified. If you look at the page headers of the memo, you can see it was classified as TOP SECRET, i.e. Such material would cause "exceptionally ...
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Why did the House Intelligence Committee vote against releasing the Democratic memo?

The House Intelligence Committee just voted to release a memo drafted by Chairman Devin Nunes and other Republicans which discusses alleged misconduct by the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. ...
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Is there a maximum period for declassification of information in US?

According to this executive order: Records exempted from automatic declassification under this paragraph shall be automatically declassified on December 31 of a year that is no more than 75 years ...
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What are the necessary elements to constitute a leak?

The term 'leak' has been applied to the dissemination of classified information. Examples include: Edward Snowden Chelsea Manning In each of the cases above, a proxy (i.e. WikiLeaks \ The Guardian) ...
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What determines which of James Comey's memos were classified?

I was watching James Comey's testimony today to the Senate Intelligence Committee. One matter of discussion was the series of memos he wrote after various meetings and conversations with President ...
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What legitimate reason could Trump have to give Russia classified information

As per CNN's Sources: Trump shared classified info with Russians President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador to the US in ...
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If a US president decides to declassify information, is it automatically public?

From: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-russia-classified-information-238417 "...While his conduct did not likely break the law — presidents can declassify information when they choose ...
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Ability of the President of the United States to contact other nations in secret

What are the limits on the ability of the President of the United States to secretly contact powerful representatives of other nations (for example, another nation's head of state, or that nation's ...
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Were Presidents known to have discussed classified things with their wives?

Are there any historically known examples (from memoirs, letters, testimony etc...) of US Presidents discussing classified things with their spouses/lovers?
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Why have the Venona materials not yet vindicated McCarthyism?

Even though Joseph McCarthy's efforts perfectly in line with Truman's "Loyalty Order" -- Executive Order 9835 -- as well as the public disclosure of the Venona project (in 1995). Why has the ...
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Review of Hillary Clinton's email problem

Who revealed first that Hillary Clinton has used her family's private email server for official communication? What was Clinton's first reaction? Did she admit the fact immediately? Did she deny it? ...
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Can the President of the United States be denied security clearance?

In light of the recent investigation of Hillary Clinton and her aides in regards to E-mails sent via her personal E-mail that contained classified material, I am wondering if the state department has ...
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Why did the FBI director recommend that Hillary Clinton not be charged?

Today, FBI Director James Comey gave a statement describing the various ways in which Hillary Clinton's handling of classified email was insecure. He spends a few minutes making it clear that any ...
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If Hillary Clinton was authorized to declassify information, then why would information she possibly leaked be classified?

I am confused about how anything Hillary Clinton leaked or potentially leaked while Secretary of State would have been classified. Is not the Secretary of State authorized to declassify information, ...
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Has a sitting US president ever revealed highly classified information?

Has any US president, during their tenure in office, accidentally told the public or the press secret or top secret information? Bonus question: Is there an official procedure for if this were to ...
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Can presidential pardons be made and then classified as secret to avoid making the pardon public?

In a discussion about the current election and the possibility of an indictment being handed down after a candidate was nominated, the possibility was raised that the President may have already ...