A US government memo setting out strategies for preventing leaks of classified information, has been leaked to the media.
The four-page document  details how Donald Trump’s new secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, might be able to prevent the public disclosure of sensitive information, including issues affecting ongoing policy discussions within the department.
“When such information is leaked … It chills the willingness of senior government officials to seek robust and candid advice, which ultimately is to the detriment of informed policymaking and the reputation of the institution from which the leak emanated,” it states.
The document claims that leaks coming out of the Department could hinder staff from participating fully in these policy discussions, due to security concerns.
“If the Department is going to be able to influence policy deliberations, we need to have a reputation for engaging responsibly in those deliberations,” it says.
State Department staff told The Washington Post that Mr Tillerson and …