Patterico's Pontifications

6/3/2009

Whoops!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:20 pm

D’oh!

The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.

What could go wrong?

15 Comments

  1. I’m both horrified and highly, highly, highly amused at this story.

    Comment by aphrael (9e8ccd) — 6/3/2009 @ 11:33 pm

  2. What could go wrong?

    Absolutely nothing. People are just being paranoid.

    Hey, Patterico,

    Do you have any bolt cutters, enclosed hepa respirators, lead jumpsuits or pallet dollies I can borrow?

    Oh, and I’m looking for a recommendation for a good septic pumping company or cement distributor. Something away from a populated area, with just a few trucks that they keep poorly secured during the night.

    Just askin.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/3/2009 @ 11:36 pm

  3. We’re in the very best of hands…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (90ff96) — 6/3/2009 @ 11:54 pm

  4. what makes anyone think this was an accident?

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/4/2009 @ 12:38 am

  5. So, I keep remembering the bumper stickers that read “Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing its idiot.”

    All these new intelligent, cool, hip people in DC don’t seem very…smart, do they?

    Once again: that’s different™!

    Is this the Change that everyone thought they wanted? Or should we Hope for improvement?

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/4/2009 @ 12:39 am

  6. Maybe not.
    http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2009/06/no-accident.html
    These guys point out how hard it is to “Accidentally” do this to this type of report.
    Someone had to work really hard to screw up like this.

    Comment by JP (7d78aa) — 6/4/2009 @ 1:49 am

  7. Promised Change! Normally, Dems use the NYT to leak classified information. But under the new Dem administration, Dems are adopting alternative means to undermine America.

    Comment by Perfect Sense (0922fa) — 6/4/2009 @ 3:44 am

  8. With the America-haters in charge, there is no frickin’ way this was an accident.

    Comment by Peg C. (48175e) — 6/4/2009 @ 3:48 am

  9. “These screw-ups happen,” said John M. Deutch, a former director of central intelligence and deputy secretary of defense who is now a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It’s going further than I would have gone but doesn’t look like a serious breach.”

    Was quoting Deutsch some kind of inside joke by the New York Times reporter? Or did he deliberately select someone who could be counted on to minimize the incident? Or was it just garden-variety NYT cluelessness?

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/4/2009 @ 6:19 am

  10. While no document marked “confidential” should be freely posted on the Internet, much if not all of this information is already freely available on web sites such as US Department of Energy, Energy Information Agency, Wikipedia, and others. The classification came from a United Nations agency, not the US government, and the document is widely circulated among UN member nations. Folks wanting to see the information plotted on a map will find that fans of Google Earth have already spent hours scouring the Internet and the fruit of their labor can be downloaded from the Google Earth forum.

    Comment by Harry Phillips (63afbf) — 6/4/2009 @ 6:19 am

  11. Alarmed at the media attention its latest blunder was getting, the Obama administration kicked its crack disinformation team into high gear . . .

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/4/2009 @ 6:25 am

  12. Was Sandy (aka “the pants”) Burglar involved in this?

    Comment by Dmac (1ddf7e) — 6/4/2009 @ 6:44 am

  13. “The federal government mistakenly made public”. Anyone who believes this was a mistake and not a release by enemies (aka democrats) of the country can find a quarter in the sewer drain if they look hard. We now have a department of Homeland Insecurity, an Non-Justice department, and leaders of the house and senate who openly oppose/violate the constitution and lie to the American people. Nothing coming from the current criminals in government should surprise any ‘American’ in the future.

    Comment by Scrapiron (996c34) — 6/4/2009 @ 7:12 am

  14. As has been noted elsewhere, there is no classification in the government lexicon of “highly confidential”.
    There is “Confidential”, “Secret”, “Top Secret”, and there are Code-Word enhancements for the foregoing that further restrict distribution.
    But, this is typical of what happens when you elect someone who has a demonstrated history of contempt for the inumerated functions of the Federal Government to a position of power and authority, and he fills those lessor positions with the “best and brightest” from the towers of academe. What we need to know (oops, that’s one of those pesky intel term thingies) is who sent this info to the Printing Office without scouring it of classified info.
    We truly are in the best of hands.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (1f03ac) — 6/4/2009 @ 9:25 am

  15. “The federal government” didn’t release anything, it was an individual, someone with a name, a title, and a social security number: someone who collects a paycheck paid by US taxpayers. This individual should resign his position immediately, or be fired for cause before the sun sets in Washington DC this very evening. Anything less is a disservice to the American people and an insult to every man and woman who has ever sworn to protect and defend the nation.

    Any whiff of premeditation or hint of evidence of conspiracy should merit the attention of the best investightion the FBI can mount, if the FBI isn’t up to the task perhaps the DC Park Police could take up the slack. Claims that the information was released as the result of oversight, ignorence, or incompetence is woefully inadequate. The individual or individuals responsible should expelled from government employ, investigated for criminal misbehavior, and exposed to vigiorus questioning.

    How this sort of “highly confidential” information could be mistakenly revealed is beyond me. That some sort of back-up procedure must be in-place to prevent unauthorized release is a given. Evidence of the circumvention of such a system is a willful breach of national security, a major felony, and a betrayal of the public trust.

    Comment by Ropelight (e36d4f) — 6/4/2009 @ 9:43 am

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