Comment: Executive Order 13526

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Executive Order 13526

signed by Obama in Dec. 2009. Levels of classified documents include top secret, secret, and confidential with the categories being restricted, formerly restricted, and national security information. The document gets a date of either 10 years or 25 from its origin assigned by the agency that produced the document. Then when that date arrives the agency can ask to extend it another 25 years. Previously most documents were given 25 years and the census 72 years. US House of Representatives gave classified documents 50 years. (If anyone finds an error in what I have stated, please correct it.)

It is not a crime to release classifed documents or the majority of congress and the president would be in prison. However, the release of documents can be used against you in an espionage case ala Bradley Manning.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-c...

http://www.hss.doe.gov/hqsecop/HQFMSP/docs/Section_503_Types...