‘Insider Threat’ program forces federal employees to spy on co-workers

from PressTV.ir: Government
documents have revealed that the Obama administration is implementing a program
that requires millions of federal employees to spy on their co-workers as part
of a sweeping crackdown on security leaks across the U.S. government.

The program
titled “Insider Threat” which has gone almost entirely unnoticed in the U.S.
media also presses managers to punish employees who fail to report their
suspicions, McClatchy reported Friday after obtaining the documents.

The program
spans all federal agencies and mandates employees and their superiors to
identify and report behaviors associated with someone who might leak sensitive
government information.

Those who fail
to expose “high-risk persons” face penalties that include criminal charges,
according to the report.

The program was
launched in October 2011 after Army Private Bradley Manning blew the whistle on
U.S. war crimes, in the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history.

According to a
Pentagon strategy dated June 1, 2012 and written for the Insider Threat Program,
leaking sensitive documents is “tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United

The government
documents reviewed by McClatchy reveal that some federal agencies are
using the unprecedented initiative to crack down on unauthorized disclosures of
any information, not just classified documents.

McClatchy reports, the Obama administration is expected to speed up the
implementation of the program in the wake of a series of recent leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden who exposed the agency’s
top-secret surveillance programs.

disclosed two major NSA spying programs, one for gathering data on phone calls
made by Americans in and outside the U.S. and another, codenamed PRISM, for
collecting information on people across the globe via major Internet

President Barack
Obama has defended the U.S. government’s spying programs as transparent and
legal, even though the NSA was authorized to run the surveillance activities in

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