In an effort to crack down on leaks, White House chief of staff John Kelly’s sent a memo threatening punishment for staffers who violate a newly implemented policy to prevent leaks. Well, the new policy failed as the memo was quickly leaked to the media.
The memo, leaked to ABC news, reveals the policy’s official language states Gen. Kelly is enacting the new rule “to protect White House information technology infrastructure from compromise and sensitive or classified information from unauthorized access or dissemination.”
Beyond just barring personal cell phone use, the policy also prohibits use of “any portable device that emits an electric signal and was not issued by the White House Communications Agency.” According to ABC’s report, that includes laptops, smart watches and “devices with WiFi, Bluetooth, radio, or cellular capabilities.”
Chief of Staff Kelly outlines disciplinary action for those who violate the new personal cell phone policy. Ban set to go into place on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/rrcPyANIX0
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) January 10, 2018