I was pulled into a trust a few years ago to talk about how leaks affect the safety of the country (this was over the Bush administration leaks and Iraq news leaks at the time). I’ll say the same thing I said to the Pentagon people –
Embarassing facts and mistakes should never ever be classified Secret or above.
And I blame the Bush administration in some ways for having embraced a bad precident of turning something that isn’t classified worthy into a Secret or greater document. Paranoia from 9/11 drove this agenda, and it was only made worse over the later years of Bush’s presidency.
I cautioned people over the backlash and problems formed by this behavior, and only now is it sinking in, apparently. How sad.