Anti-Leak Classes for EPA Employees Leaked to the Press

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to the Associated Press, EPA administrator and paranoid recluse Scott Pruitt has ordered employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to attend anti-leak classes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information. [...]

Relatively few EPA employees deal with classified files, but the new training also reinforces requirements to keep “Controlled Unclassified Information” from unauthorized disclosure.

Irony of this leak aside, I think we need to appreciate how absurd it is to warn public employees against leaking unclassified information.

"Controlled Unclassified Information" is not a legal term. "Leaking" information that would or should otherwise be available through a Freedom of Information Act Request is not illegal.

These anti-leak training courses reportedly warn employees that leaking unclassified information may harm national security, which would be funny if it weren't so insidious. Information that could endanger national security obviously should be classified and we already have laws for leaking classified information.

These training courses aren't about national security; they're about preventing employees from releasing information that will make the Trump regime look bad of which there will undoubtedly be plenty.

In any event, I'd posit that most high-profile leaks actually come from the highest levels from Congress to the White House itself. Good luck shutting that down.

  • Aynwrong

    How exactly does an “anti-leak class” function anyway?

    “Hey you, don’t tell nobody nothing! Here endeth the lesson.”

    These people man…

    • Tony Lavely

      One suspects that retribution would have a small part: And if ya do, the enforcers will come visit you and your kids; get what I mean?

  • Georgie
  • muselet

    Reminding employees to be careful what information they release would make sense if the information in question were related to an imminent enforcement action. It’s pretty dumb to tip off the villains, you know.

    However, since Scott Pruitt has made it abundantly clear he’s uninterested in enforcement, that’s not the reason here. But whatever could the reason be? It is a puzzlement.

    “Controlled Unclassified Information.”

    In the afterlife, George Orwell goes on yet another bender.


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