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Media Relations Fail: FBI Embroiled in ‘Sexting’ Scandal

Someone did NOT take the Obama administration’s “No leaks, ever” advice to heart: an internal FBI report that somehow found its way to (we assume) the desk of Wolf Blitzer‘s intern at CNN urged employees to stop using government-issued devices to “send lurid texts and nude photos” to one another. Little did the genius who issued this memo realize that it would only serve to turn the bureau’s “rash of sexting” into a big headache. (And no, we really don’t think this was a PR stunt.)

Media Relations 101: if one of your employees “used (a) personal cell phone to send nude photographs of herself to other employees”, a second sent a “nude photograph of herself to ex-boyfriend’s wife” and a third  “was caught in a child pornography sting operation”, you really don’t want this information to find its way to anyone in the press. In fact, you shouldn’t even put it on paper–real or virtual.

Why would anyone inside the FBI want to leak this info in the first place?

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