The Pentagon warned service members not to access sensitive documents from unclassified websites, underscoring the seriousness of handling classified documents.
The memo, from Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, is intended as a reminder about the policies and procedures around the handling of classified documents, cautioning service members “not to discuss classified information with any person not authorized to receive such information.”
It also warns service members not to download documents with classified markings from unclassified websites, since they may be associated with foreign adversaries or contain malicious code that could pose a cyber threat to defense department information systems.
The memo does not refer to a service member, instead only referencing “recent reporting on the unauthorized disclosure of what appear to be classified DoD and Intelligence Community documents.”
The memo also warns service members not to speak to the media or to Congressional members or staff about classified documents, directing them to public affairs or to the Office of Legislative Affairs, respectively.