US to 'Prosecute' Media-Friendly Officers

‘Following the ‘Runaway General’ incident, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered Pentagon officials to acquire clearance before they talk to the media. “I am concerned that the department has grown lax in how we engage with the media,” Gates wrote, according to a New York Times article on Friday.

“We have far too many people talking to the media outside of channels, sometimes providing information which is simply incorrect, out of proper context, unauthorized, or uninformed by the perspective of those who are most knowledgeable,” about how the information may fit into larger government operations or goals.’

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