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Columbia University warns students against Wikileaks
06 Dec 2010
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Students at the US’s Columbia University have been warned that reading or sharing information from the Wikileaks Cablegate documents could jeopardise employment prospects with the State department and other government agencies. The email from the Office of Career Services told students that “Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.”

Full text of email

From: Office of Career Services
Date: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM
Subject: Wikileaks – Advice from an alum
To: “Office of Career Services (OCS)”

Hi students,

We received a call today from a SIPA alumnus who is working at the
State Department. He asked us to pass along the following
information to anyone who will be applying for jobs in the federal
government, since all would require a background investigation and in some instances a security clearance.

The documents released during the past few months through Wikileaks
are still considered classified documents. He recommends that you DO
NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media
sites such as Facebook or through Twitter. Engaging in these
activities would call into question your ability to deal with
confidential information, which is part of most positions with the
federal government.

Regards,
Office of Career Services

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  3. anonymous says:

    While I am a fierce defender of the freedom of speech and a deep admirer of what WikiLeaks is doing, lets put the blame where it is due.

    The title of this post is misleading because it suggests there was something wrong done by Columbia University, which is clearly not the case. It is clear that Columbia University (thru whatever office it was) isn’t defending the view that students should comply with such warning but merely informing students on a piece of information that could be interesting. I think Columbia University did its job in keeping students informed. I think that in a truly free society, institutions shouldn’t make decisions by the people but should instead provide the people with all available information, which was what Columbia University did, and let the people make their own decisions. Columbia University isn’t “warning” its student in the sense of suggesting what course of action is the most appropriate, but instead being transparent to the propagation of information. The real authority to blame is the federal government.

  4. larsa says:

    well well well in the land of freedom and democracy….HAHAHA

  5. robotnr7312 says:

    Dear worried University,

    Make sure to take advantage of the American tradition, my dear … and ask to meet with the chief again. Explain to him … that you are free … and that you are prepared to defend yourself …. and him … against all that is called elite rule and abuse of power. You have the largest and most beautiful law that humanity conceived … in your hands. Now it’s just dare to use it.
    Otherwise … the U.S. will be among the despotic countries that want to quiet down, dark, keep secret, prohibit and dictate the daily though.

    Knowlegde is power. Your students need it…to defend YOU yourself against men and women with petty purposes and hidden agendas.
    I mean…..You’ve used the scissors too much already. Dont you agree?

    It is of vital importance…that we Understand… that real Problems … only can be solved with real solutions … on a really real problem. ie, not a lie.

    People all over the world are now beginning to question a system. The abducted democracy has managed to loosen the first ropes. Now it’s up to us to decide … whether we want to be free or not.

    For the moment..you are behind the wall.

    / Robotnr7312