Following this morning’s release of the IG report, the FBI Employee Manual was updated to reflect changes in acceptable handling of Classified Material.
The Manual now reads:
“Should an Employee desire to make available Classified material to a party or parties without appropriate clearance they must first write down the information or place it in a separate memo aside from the immediate document. Then the Employee is required to “give it to a friend” who may, or may not, be associated with the FBI but who has contacts outside the FBI. Along with this transfer, the Employee must also provide direction as to who the material should ultimately be given to and what desired action should be taken with that material.”
This Update serves as a “mirror” needed to establish standard operating procedures following the State Department Employee Manual Update of July 5th, 2016, which outlined the permissibility of State Department Officials to transfer Classified Material through remote personal servers in order to bypass Government Monitored Information Systems so long as those servers were located in non-secure, publically accessible, locations such as basements and bathrooms and administered by individuals without the appropriate security clearances. (The State Department Update was clarifying what was up to that point referred to as the “Sandy Berger Section“.)
If you maintain the equivalency of a GS-13 or above, please make the appropriate adjustments to your methodologies. If you do not hold one of the above pay grades these changes do not apply to you.
Also, please do not contact your supervisor if you have any questions. All questions and relevant concerns should be directed to the New York Times. If your superior contacts you, or has intermediaries contact you, regarding these changes in methods or implementation of them, you should obfuscate and when circumstances allow, contact the New York Times. If for any reason anyone in the press contacts you regarding these methodologies, you should contact the New York Times.