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The only other person since to go directly from a media job to White House press secretary appears to be Bush II press secretary Tony Snow, but he had worked earlier in the administration as a speechwriter and had been a Fox News anchor and conservative columnist.

Plumbing 101

Speaking of media relations, the Army issued a directive Monday on how personnel should report on any indications of "espionage, international terrorism, sabotage, subversion" or, of course, "leaks to the media."

The directive, spotted by Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, says the Army "faces threats from persons on the inside . . . who may compromise the ability of the organization to accomplish its mission."

The 31-page regulation is an updated version of the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program - which is in no way related to George W. Bush's infamous TARP bank bailout. The instructions explain how to deal with suspicious behaviors such as "attempts to expand access to classified information by repeatedly volunteering for assignments or duties beyond the normal scope of responsibilities." (In other words, beware the overly earnest recruit.)

The primer also tells you how to handle various situations. For example, if you find a bug, "do not disturb the device."

If you're approached by a spy, "remain noncommittal, neither refusing nor agreeing to cooperate." And "do not, under any circumstances, conduct your own investigation."

So let's see, you've got to worry about espionage from the KGB, terrorism from al-Qaeda, leaks to the Akron Beacon Journal and James Bond's SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

Unclear whether the new regs apply to leaks "from persons on the inside" about things like Iraq's weapons-of-mass-destruction program.


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