THE continued stealing of classified Government documents and leaking of State secrets to unauthorized persons is a serious crime and the culprits should be ready to face the wrath of the law, State House has warned.
And Government has warned that if the scourge of stealing of State secrets and leaking classified documents to unauthorized persons was not curbed, there was a danger that the governance system of the country would be undermined.
Presidential press aide Amos Chanda said there was no incentive in leaking classified Government documents or stealing State secrets because State House was aware of where such information was coming from and who was responsible.
Mr Chanda said some media houses had been hiding behind anonymous sources from State House in their stories but that President Edgar Lungu was aware of which information was truly from State House and which was not.
He said Zambians were assured of the highest levels of integrity in the governance of the country under President Lungu and that those with the ambition to malign his Government by leaking classified information should understand that the law would be enforced to the letter.
“The general assault to the integrity of Government is not a good idea and it is still a very serious offence. There is no incentive in leaking classified Government documents to unauthorized people with the aim of embarrassing and sabotaging the leadership of the country.
Zambians are assured of the highest levels of integrity in the dissemination of information but the law will be enforced to letter on those with the propensity to commit such offences,” Mr Chanda said. And Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said those in the habit of stealing State secrets and leaking classified documents should be ready to face the wrath of the law. Mr Kambwili told journalists at State House yesterday shortly after a Cabinet meeting that Government was aware of the people involved in the scourge but had allowed the police and other State security wings to fully investigate the culprits so that they could fairly be brought to book.
Mr Kambwili, who is Information and Broadcasting Services minister, said the scourge of leaking classified Government documents was rampant during president Michael Sata’s reign and that President Lungu was not going to allow the culture to continue.