I was out of town this weekend, blissfully disconnected from phone and Internet. I came back to find out that since I blogged about Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs warning students not to discuss Wikileaks online if they ever want to work for the State Department, the story has, well, exploded.
The Huffington Post got in touch with State Department spokesperson Philip J. Crowley, who said the SIPA alum who e-mailed the Office of Career Services was acting of his own volition:
This is not true. We have instructed State Department employees not to access the WikiLeaks site and download posted documents using an unclassified network since these documents are still classified. We condemn what Mr. Assange is doing, but have given no advice to anyone beyond the State Department to my knowledge….
If an employee of the State Department sent such an email, it does not represent a formal policy position.
So it looks like the blame for OCS’s ridiculous “advice” falls squarely on the shoulders of SIPA, then. Excellent.
- Don’t Mention the Cables, Future Diplomats (NYTimes)
- State Dept. Bars Staffers from WikiLeaks, Warns Students (Democracy Now!)
- Columbia students told job prospects harmed if they access WikiLeaks cables (The Guardian)
- Students Warned Not To Link To Or Even Read WikiLeaks If They Want A Federal Job. Is This Still America? (Crooks and Liars)
- SIPA warns students to avoid WikiLeaks (Columbia Spectator)
- Columbia U diplomacy students warned about cables (Wall Street Journal)
- Columbia University to Students: Act Like State Cables Aren’t Leaking (NY Magazine)
- Columbia University Warns Students Against Mentioning WikiLeaks in Public (The Village Voice)
- State Department To Columbia University Students: DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter (Huffington Post)
- Some Columbia University students warned about WikiLeaks (The Hindu)
- Some Columbia U. students warned about WikiLeaks (Fox News)
- Some Columbia U. Students Warned About WikiLeaks (ABC News)
- Fed workers told: Stay away from those leaked cables. Directive notes the content ‘remains classified’; Columbia U. also warns future diplomats (MSNBC)
- Some Columbia U. Students Warned About WikiLeaks (CBS News)
- State Dept. Denies WikiLeaks Warning to Columbia (CBS News)
- Columbia To Students: Steer Clear Of WikiLeaks (NY 1)
- Diplo Wiki warning (New York Post)
- Some Columbia U. students warned about WikiLeaks (Miami Herald)