Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News [snipped] : “All employees of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are required to obtain authorization before disclosing any intelligence-related information to the public. “All ODNI personnel are required to submit all official and non-official information intended for public release for review,” says ODNI Instruction 80.04 on “Pre-publication Review of Information to be Publicly Released.” The Instruction was newly updated on April 8. Like the new Intelligence Community policy on Media Contacts (Intelligence Directive Bars Unauthorized Contacts with News Media, Secrecy News, April 21), the ODNI pre-publication review policy does not distinguish between classified and unclassified information. “The goal of pre-publication review is to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of information,” the Instruction says, whether the information is classified or not. It applies broadly to any information generated by ODNI “that discusses operations, business practices, or information related to the ODNI, the IC, or national security.” The Instruction is binding on current and former ODNI employees, as well as contractors. Since it pertains to “information” and not just documents, the Instruction also requires employees to gain approval prior to participation in “open discussion venues such as forums, panels, round tables, and question and answer sessions.”“Pre-publication review must be conducted before any uncleared personnel can receive the information,” the Instruction states.”
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