Watch staff to prevent more leaks, says White House

Posted by Emma Woollacott

In the wake of the Wikileaks scandal, the White House is telling agencies to launch programs to ferret out disgruntled staffers who might be tempted to follow Bradley Manning's lead. And it's got some pretty broad criteria.

An 11-page memo published by NBC calls for agencies to evaluate the 'despondence and grumpiness' of workers who might have access to classified documents.

Penned by Jacob J Lew, director of the Executive Office of the President's Office of Management and Budget, the memo gives what are described as 'Initial Assessments of Safeguarding and Counterintelligence Postures for Classified National Security Information in Automated Systems' - implying that there may be more to come.

By the end of the month, agencies are expected to report on what they've done to improve security since the Wikileaks cables were released.

They're also being told that they should have an insider threat program - and apparently foreign vacations can make people a danger.

"Are there efforts to fuse together disparate data sources such as personnel security and evaluation, polygraph, where applicable, IT auditing or user activities, and foreign contact/foreign travel information to provide analysts early warning indicators of insider threats?" it asks.

It suggests that agencies should use psychiatrists and sociologists to evaluate the relative happiness of workers and identify 'waning trustworthiness' - which it warns should be measured without alienating employees.

The document was sent to senior officials at all agencies with access to classified material.