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February 8, 2014
aljazeeraamerica:

Former US analyst pleads guilty in leak to reporter

A former U.S. State Department analyst pleaded guilty Friday to sharing secret information about North Korea with a reporter for Fox News, becoming the latest government employee convicted in a campaign against unapproved leaks to the media.
The case is one of 11 times in U.S. history that prosecutors have brought charges for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog or other media outlet. Eight cases have been brought since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Stephen Kim, 46, entered the plea in U.S. District Court to avoid a trial scheduled for April.

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Photo: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Getty Images

When federal employees are going to jail for leaks to the media, something’s wrong. Especially considering nearly all of these cases have been brought by the Obama administration.

aljazeeraamerica:

Former US analyst pleads guilty in leak to reporter

A former U.S. State Department analyst pleaded guilty Friday to sharing secret information about North Korea with a reporter for Fox News, becoming the latest government employee convicted in a campaign against unapproved leaks to the media.

The case is one of 11 times in U.S. history that prosecutors have brought charges for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog or other media outlet. Eight cases have been brought since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

Stephen Kim, 46, entered the plea in U.S. District Court to avoid a trial scheduled for April.

Read more

Photo: Greg Mathieson/Mai/Getty Images

When federal employees are going to jail for leaks to the media, something’s wrong. Especially considering nearly all of these cases have been brought by the Obama administration.

15:35 // 7 months ago
February 6, 2014
F—- the E.U.
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland • In a private phone call discussing the political situation in Ukraine. Nuland, who is essentially the top State Department official in Europe, quickly apologized after the clip leaked online Thursday.
19:14 // 7 months ago
September 6, 2013
Given the current tensions the region, as well as potential threats to U.S. government facilities and personnel, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution to protect our employees and their families, and local employees and visitors to our facilities.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf • Discussing the department’s partial evacuation order for the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, which also comes with a warning against travel in Lebanon and southeastern Turkey. The move comes at a time when the U.S. is considering an airstrike on Syria.
10:04 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2013
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt and U.S. citizens living in Egypt to depart at this time because of the continuing political and social unrest.
The State Department just told all Americans living in Egypt to go home, because things have deteriorated that much.
15:41 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2013
11:28 // 1 year ago
July 3, 2013
20:16 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013

statedept:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, February 20, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Kerry’s first remarks as Secretary of State.

(via medilldc)

13:08 // 1 year ago
February 8, 2013
10:12 // 1 year ago
February 4, 2013
usatoday:

Secretary of State John Kerry’s tweets will end in JK.
Really.
(via The Daily Caller)

Just kidding.

usatoday:

Secretary of State John Kerry’s tweets will end in JK.

Really.

(via The Daily Caller)

Just kidding.

15:42 // 1 year ago
December 31, 2012
reuters:

The State Department made a “grievous mistake” in keeping the U.S. mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday.
A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby CIA annex, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, faulted intelligence agencies for not focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists.
It also faulted the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving security.
READ ON: Senate report finds State Dept made “grievous mistake” over Benghazi

What lessons can be applied here that weren’t in Benghazi?

reuters:

The State Department made a “grievous mistake” in keeping the U.S. mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday.

A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby CIA annex, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, faulted intelligence agencies for not focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists.

It also faulted the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving security.

READ ON: Senate report finds State Dept made “grievous mistake” over Benghazi

What lessons can be applied here that weren’t in Benghazi?

14:56 // 1 year ago