Obama Admin Pushes "Insider Threat" Programmes

In the wake of the Wikileaks fiasco, the Obama administration is telling US agencies to create "insider threat" programmes to ferret out disgruntled workers who may leak state secrets, according to reports from American broadcaster NBC.

The move follows the leaking of thousands of secret US cables to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

The White House is telling federal agencies to take aggressive new steps to prevent leaks of classified documents. The 11-page memo from US intelligence officials issued this week asks agencies to "detect behavioral changes" among employees who might have access to classified documents.

The memo suggests the use of psychiatrists and sociologists to measure the "relative happiness" of workers or their "despondence and grumpiness" as a way to assess their trustworthiness and asks that agencies take new steps to identify any contacts between federal workers and members of the news media.

US officials have not commented on the memo published by NBC.

The memo asks: "Do you have an insider threat programme or the foundation for such a programme?"

It also asks whether agencies are using lie-detector tests or are trying to identify "unusually high occurrences of foreign travel, contacts or foreign preference" by members of staff.

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