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Damage to the National Security

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1(j) (1995) (superseded)

“Damage to the national security” means harm to the national defense or foreign relations of the United States from the unauthorized disclosure of information, taking into consideration such aspects of the information as the sensitivity, value, utility, and provenance of that information.

Executive Order 13,526, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1 (l) (December 29, 2009)

For purposes of this order:
(l)  "Damage to the national security" means harm to the national defense or foreign relations of the United States from the unauthorized disclosure of information, taking into consideration such aspects of the information as the sensitivity, value, utility, and provenance of that information.