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David Cameron has called on the Guardian and other newspapers to show "social responsibility" in the reporting of the leaked NSA files to avoid high court injunctions or the use of D notices to prevent the publication of information that could damage national security. In a statement to MPs on Monday about last week's European summit in Brussels, where he warned of the dangers of a "lah-di-dah, airy-fairy view" about the dangers of leaks, the prime minister said his preference was to talk to newspapers rather than resort to the courts. But he said it would be difficult to avoid acting if newspapers declined to heed government advice. The prime minister issued the warning after the Tory MP Julian Smith quoted a report in Monday's edition of the Sun that said Britain's intelligence agencies believed details from the NSA files leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden had hampered their work.
DA - Notice 05: United Kingdom Security & Intelligence Services & Special Services
Information falling within the following categories is normally regarded as being highly classified. It is requested that such information, unless it has been the subject of an official announcement or has been widely disclosed or discussed, should not be published without first seeking advice: (a) specific covert operations, sources and methods of the Security Service, SIS and GCHQ, Defence Intelligence Units, Special Forces and those involved with them, the application of those methods*, including the interception of communications, and their targets; the same applies to those engaged on counter-terrorist operations; (b) the identities, whereabouts and tasks of people who are or have been employed by these services or engaged on such work, including details of their families and home addresses, and any other information, including photographs, which could assist terrorist or other hostile organisations to identify a target; (c) addresses and telephone numbers used by these services, except those now made public. Rationale. Identified staff from the intelligence and security services, others engaged on sensitive counter-terrorist operations, including the Special Forces, and those who are likely targets for attack are at real risk from terrorists. Security and intelligence operations contacts and techniques are easily compromised, and therefore need to be pursued in conditions of secrecy. Publicity about an operation which is in train finishes it. Publicity given even to an operation which has been completed, whether successfully or not, may well deny the opportunity for further exploitation of a capability, which may be unique against other hostile and illegal activity. The disclosure of identities can prejudice past, present and future operations. Even inaccurate speculation about the source of information on a given issue can put intelligence operations (and, in the worst cases, lives at risk and/or lead to the loss of information which is important in the interests of national security. Material which has been the subject of an official announcement is not covered by this notice. * even when used by the National Crime Agency (NCA). This is intended purely to protect national security and not to inhibit normal reporting on law enforcement.
Last Updated : 24 Oct 2013
Date of Next Meeting Autumn Meeting 2013 - Thursday 7 November 2013 Agenda of Next Meeting ITEM 1 - Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday 7 May 2013 ITEM 2 - Matters Arising from the Previous Meeting Para 17: Managing National Security Disclosures (to be covered under Item 3) Para 21: DA Notice No 5 (to be covered under Item 4) Para 23: Special Forces Public Information Policy (to be covered under Item 5) Para 28: Composition of the DPBAC Media Side (to be covered under Item 6) Para 29: National Crime Agency (to be covered under Item 3) ITEM 3 - Secretary's Report ITEM 4 - Proposed Amendment to DA Notice No 5 ITEM 5 - Special Forces Public Information Policy Update ITEM 6 - Composition of the DPBAC Media Side ITEM 7 - Any Other Business
For those outside UK, a DA Notice is a government advisory note to media editors, requiring them not to publish articles which the government deems a risk to national security.