The New York Times: Pentagon Plan – Buying Books to Keep Secrets

Today – From Government Accountability Project (GAP)

Summary: Two sources have reported that Defense Department officials are aiming to buy and destroy all 10,000 copies of the first release of “Operation Dark Heart” — an Afghan War memoir that DoD officials say reveals intelligence secrets. The book details the first-person account of the author — a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve — during his five months in Afghanistan in 2003.

While the Army signed off on the book, saying it had “no objection on legal or operational security grounds,” DIA reviewers found several passages containing sensitive information and moved to stop the book’s distribution. In the wake of the Obama administration’s crackdown on disclosures of classified information, this dispute highlights the uncertainty about what information poses a genuine threat to national security.

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