Tillerson’s Memo Against Leaks is Leaked. @JoshRogin WashingtonPost.com

Feb 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Tillerson’s Memo Against Leaks is Leaked. @JoshRogin WashingtonPost.com

“It is essential that employees protect classified and other sensitive information from unauthorized disclosure,” he said. “This is a basic understanding that employees have when they enter federal service, and it is a condition of employment since mishandling of information jeopardizes their security clearances.” It makes sense that Tillerson would want to show a White House very paranoid about leaks that he runs a tight ship. But many State Department bureaucrats don’t feel that they are able to affect policy through the normal channels due to what they see as lack of communication coming from Trump’s and Tillerson’s people. Several also feel that the State Department’s experts and career officials are often being left out of the loop by the secretary’s office, causing a lack of clarity on what U.S. policy is in many cases. “There’s so much that’s not being communicated inside the building and it’s a huge problem that effects everybody,” one career State Department official said. “Posts are calling us and asking us, ‘What are we supposed to say?’ We don’t know what to tell them.” Several State Department officials told me that they see evidence of an effort by Tillerson to stymie leaking is already underway. For example, detailed readouts of Tillerson’s meetings with foreign officials are no longer distributed widely inside the building, leaving officials in relevant bureaus unsure exactly what transpired. Another official told me Tillerson has shortened the list of officials allowed inside the daily 9:15 a.m. senior staff meeting, which has previously served as a key channel through which various State Department offices and bureaus learn about the day’s agenda and get direction from the secretary’s office.

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