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State Department Advises Students: Don't Tweet Wikileaks


The State Department has a message for students. Tweeting WikiLeaks links could be dangerous to your job search.

As reported by Mashable , a State Department official recently gave that advice to students at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He said that discussing WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could endanger future employment prospects.


The official was a former student who called the career services office and said students should not post links to WikiLeaks documents or make comments on social networks. An e-mail was then sent out to students.

The e-mail, reprinted by the Blog Herald , said that was especially true for any student who applies for jobs in the federal government. Such work would require a background investigation and sometimes a security clearance, and the e-mail advised that such activity as posting the links could "call into question your ability to deal with confidential information."

The word of caution came as the watchdog site released thousands of secret U.S. Embassy cables on Nov. 28, drawing accusations of treason and putting soldiers' lives in danger from federal officials.

State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley told the Huffington Post that the e-mail was not a "formal policy position" of the department.

He said the State Department had instructed employees not to access WikiLeaks and download posted documents because the documents are still classified.

The Huffington Post said students disliked the rebuke against social media.

"They seem to be unable to make the distinction between having an opinion and having a contractual obligation to keep a secret," masters student Hugh Sansom said.

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