White House orders review in wake of Wikileaks disclosure

OMB calls on U.S. agency and department heads to evaluate procedures in place for protecting classified data

By , Computerworld |  Security, government, Wikileaks

In July, the site released close to 90,000 sensitive documents relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That disclosure led Defense Secretary Robert Gates to order all military agencies to review their information security practices.

Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst who has already been accused of supplying WikiLeaks with a video allegedly showing a deadly U.S Apache helicopter attack in Iraq, is a prime suspect in the latest incident as well.

Bradley, who has been in solitary confinement for the past several months is alleged to have downloaded the documents and copied them onto removable thumb drives and rewritable CDs while stationed at a U.S. Army base in Iraq.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan , or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com .

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