Mistake in classification led to N. Korea info being revealed
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Pentagon was caught by surprise Thursday when sensitive information about North Korea’s nuclear program from a classified March 2013 report was “mistakenly” declassified and discussed during an open hearing on Capitol Hill, raising questions about how such a significant error could have occurred.
In a hearing by the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the Pentagon’s budget, Rep. David Lamborn, R-Colorado, read from what he said was an unclassified sentence in an otherwise classified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
“DIA assess with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however, the reliability will be low,” Lamborn read before posing a question about its significance to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
“Well, I haven’t seen it,” Dempsey said in response, appearing caught off guard. “And you said it’s not publicly released, so I —…
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