Friday, December 15, 2017

Griffith discloses ‘top secret’ plan

A classification and handling of classified documents policy will be introduced in all units and divisions of the Ministry of National Security, to protect sensitive documents.

This is according to National Security Minister Gary Griffith.

The policy was announced on Wednesday, following the disclosure of the contents of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) report into the New Flying Squad Investigative Unit. 

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has called on the Integrity Commission to investigate the leak of the report.

In a news release, the National Security Ministry stated: “The minister is aware that while there are some National Security agencies and divisions that have already implemented and are currently utilising such a system for classifying and handling sensitive documents, he is desirous of ensuring that all other agencies and departments within the Ministry of National Security—with the intention of including institutions that have sensitive information regarding national security matters—implement similar classification policy.”

The ministry stated that the policy will ensure that only persons with the relevant security clearance will have access to such documents.

“This will result in a reduction in the number of sensitive and secret documents being leaked or passed to unauthorised personnel,” the release stated.

The systems associated with the classification of sensitive documents will also assist in the identification of the person responsible for leaking documents.

The classification of documents would be categorised into “top secret”, “confidential” and “restricted”. 

The ministry stated that documents of an administrative nature, which may not justify a security classification but should be protected from the casual observer, will be classified as “staff in confidence”, “medical in confidence” and “contract in confidence”.