Obama State Department Tells Columbia University Students, DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter OR ELSE!


And the LEFT used to call GWB’s policies Nazi-like, check out the “Hope & Change” from the Obama State Department …

The Obama State Department warned Columbia University students not to discuss WikiLeaksOn Facebook, Twitter or post links to WikiLeaks and the classified 250,000 documents. If they do, it could endanger their future job prospects. So from the Obama government comes the following, do not even discuss WikiLeaks content or else?  Talk about a blatant government threat and a violation of the First Amendment.

Talking about WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could endanger your job prospects, a State Department official warned students at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs this week.

An email from SIPA’s Office of Career Services went out Tuesday afternoon with a caution from the official, an alumnus of the school. Students who will be applying for jobs in the federal government could jeopardize their prospects by posting links to WikiLeaks online, or even by discussing the leaked documents on social networking sites, the official was quoted as saying.

“[The alumnus] recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter,” the Office of Career Services advised students. “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.”

Welcome to hope, change and Freedom of Speech under Barack Hussein Obama. Can you imagine what the outrage would be from college students and the LEFT if something like this was done under George W. Bush? To tell people that they cannot even discuss WikiLeaks or else, is way over the top.

Now, however,it appears the federal government has moved beyond staunching the flow of leaked information, to suppressing even the very mention of WikiLeaks online by prospective employees.

While republishing the leaked documents could indeed raise legal issues for students, it was the admonition against social media chatter that riled some at Columbia.

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

Students were taken aback by the email, said Sansom, who described his non-American classmates — nearly half of this year’s incoming class at Columbia speaks a native language other than English — as “amused and surprised.”

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “Obama State Department Tells Columbia University Students, DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter OR ELSE!”

    1. dave on December 4th, 2010 10:27 pm

      I Smell LAWSUIT

    2. Ordinary American on December 5th, 2010 9:51 am

      You fell for that? Seriously? The Huffington Post headline screamed “Wiki-warning: State Dept. Official Tells Students: Don’t Discuss Wikileaks on Facebook or Twitter. . . .Or Else.” If you think the federal government disseminates advice and counsel in the guise of official policy on such matters through *a* former alum calling up a career services office at *one* university, then I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya. You really think that administration officials would “warn” a single university’s students about Facebook and Twitter and leave students at all others to chat away on social media, supposedly ruining their career chances? You really think the government wants to shrink the pool of available candidates for diplomatic positions to Columbia? Um, no. Not under a Democratic president. Not under a GOP president. This is America, no matter who is in charge, we don’t roll that way.

      I never would have though anyone would fall for this nothingburger, even in this day and age, when extreme fear and hysteria seem to envelop every issue of public policy, clouding critical thinking skills and assessment of evidence. C’mon, you don’t even know if the dude is of such a rank as to be an “official,” could be a recently hired n00b. Go back and read the message from the career center. Where’s the evidence that this is official policy? Or run it by a cop or a CPA, or some other analyst trained in assessing evidence. There’s much less there than meets the eye. I would have written the HuffPo headline as “Columbia alum employed by State in unknown position of unknown rank gives his take on Wikileaks to university career center.” But that’s not nearly as breathlessly exciting and these days as hype and fear, it’s all about dramaz (why do so many on the right and left both seem to rush to embrace Michael Moore as a model?). But scared isn’t the only way to roll.

    3. southernsue on December 5th, 2010 9:53 am

      tell him to stuff it! he is the one who gave wikileaks the info!imho

    4. Laura on December 5th, 2010 11:08 am

      I don’t agree with this any more than anyone else does. But I can somewhat understand.

      I received my BA in Journalism, and I swear, all they teach you is underhanded, skeevy, unethical junk. One of their favorite lines to repeat is that its perfectly legal to “publish information you obtained legally.” This means that if you are a court reporter and a lawyer breaks attorney-client privilege and tells you some really juicy stuff, you go right ahead and publish it without a care in the world. After all, its *his* fault – not yours. You were just a poor little reporter minding your own business and you just happened to “stumble” on this information.

      But keeping this in mind, they teach you how to “work” people. How to word questions in a tricky way, how to spot secretaries and such who look “new,” how to tell people something is “off the record” and record it anyway. Its all about getting that info “legally” and plastering it for the world to see.

      I never felt comfortable with that.

      But then again, we’re not talking about career-tactics here. Facebook and Twitter? More people care about getting bricks for Farmville than discussing hot news items.

    5. Deetch on December 5th, 2010 12:21 pm

      The last line is hysterical. Only the overeducated dumbo’s at Columbia would be “amused and surprised”

      I’m not amused or surprised and I didn’t go to an Ivy league school. These are the same people who call others racists and morons if they don’t agree with Obama.

      Nothing sadder than when you become the people (establishment) you used to rebel against. No, no we meant back then don’t trust THAT government, but you can trust us now.

      None of it is amusing or surprising.

    6. super dave on December 6th, 2010 3:26 pm

      or else what ? charlie rangel will steal your
      money for his defense ?

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