Doug Bedell — July 24, 2013, 10:21 am

New Latitude on Releasing ‘Secrets’

What should be secret or not? The Edward Snowden affair has caused keepers of the nation’s secrets to give more active consideration to this question. And more government information is likely to be voluntarily released.

Says a press release by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: “The Administration is undertaking a careful and thorough review of whether and to what extent additional information or documents pertaining to this program may be declassified, consistent with the protection of national security.”

Secrecy News adds:  “In effect, the Snowden disclosures shifted the Administration’s calculation of what should be secret and what should be public.  From a secrecy policy point of view, this is as noteworthy as the disclosures themselves.”

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