How much should protecting the electric grid weigh in considerations of national security?
A report from the Energy Department's internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, concluded this week that information on grid vulnerabilities leaked to The Wall Street Journal last month should have stayed under wraps. The IG's investigation also noted that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may not have adequate safeguards in place to handle and protect classified information relating to the grid that could impact national security.
"This was a dangerous leak of highly sensitive information that should have been classified and closely guarded," Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member Lisa Murkowski said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it's now clear that under its previous leadership, FERC mishandled information that should have been classified. At best, a disclosure such as this has national security implications. At worst, it could endanger us all."