WikiLeaks just reached the “he who must not be named” status on university campuses in the US. An US State Department official has warned students against naming WikiLeaks on Facebook and Twitter as it might hamper their job prospects.
The officer making this was once a student at the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and has taken this step justifying it as,
engaging in these activities would call into question [a student’s] ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.
The US government is leaving no stone unturned to undo the damage. Taking down WikiLeaks, badmouthing them, going after Assange with assistance from the Interpol, the list is only the tip of the iceberg.
Here is the email as it appears,
From: Office of Career Services
Date: November 30, 2010 15:26:53 EST:
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.
Office of Career Services