WASHINGTON — A State Department official committed an infraction when he allowed a magazine photographer to take a picture that exposed part of a secret document on his desk, a department spokesman said Friday.
Spokesman Charles E. Redman said the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security will issue a letter to Ronald Spiers, undersecretary of state for management, advising him to exercise more caution in the future.
Redman said results of laboratory analysis revealed that no classified information could be read from the photograph, which appeared on the cover of the February issue of the Foreign Service Journal.
Spiers was shown seated at his desk with a top-secret daily intelligence briefing in front of him. The report is available to a small group of senior officials with the highest security clearances.