I received the following from a sometimes commentator on this blog:
The Washington Post will run a series of stories… that will contain a compendium of government agencies and contractors allegedly conducting Top Secret work. The stories will also include an interactive database.
One agency affected by the stories issued the document republished below.
From an operational perspective, …[p]ublishing the locations of these facilities could be problematic from a safety and security concern.
From an academic perspective, how do we reconcile the desire to safeguard our country from foreign and domestic adversaries in an global environment that rewards the near real-time release of sensitive or classified information?
Notice to Industry Partners
Subject: Potential Disclosure of Contract Information
Early next week, the Washington Post is expected to publish articles and an interactive website that will likely contain a compendium of government agencies and contractors allegedly conducting Top Secret work. The website is expected to enable users to see the relationships between the federal government and its contractors, describe the type of work the contractors perform, and may identify many government and contractor facility locations.
Publication is expected starting July 19, 2010 with additional articles published thereafter. We request that all _____ contractors remind all cleared employees of their responsibility to protect classified information and relationships, and to abide by contractual agreements regarding non-publicity.
Employees should be reminded that they must neither confirm nor deny information contained in this, or any, media publication, and that the publication of this website does not constitute a change in any current ____ classifications. They should also be reminded that if approached and asked to discuss their work by media or unauthorized people, they should report the interactions to their appropriate security officer.
Foreign intelligence services, terrorist organizations, and criminal elements will have potential interest in this kind of information. It is important that companies review their overall counterintelligence posture to ensure that it is appropriate. Specifically, we recommend that companies affected by this publication and website assess and take steps to mitigate risk to their workforce, facility and mission, to the extent consistent with your contractual relationship with ____. These steps should include re-enforcement of security and counterintelligence protections and steps to enhance workforce awareness. CI and security events related to the publication of these articles and website should be reported through normal company channels to the ___Security office. For the time being, thresholds should be lowered to aggressively report anomalous behavior.
Should your management or public affairs offices be contacted by the media, any response must be consistent with your contract. If appropriate, you may also refer media inquiries to ___