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It would be interesting to know WHY documents that are classified are later declassified, that is, the reason behind this. For example, why shouldn't they just remain classified?-- 19:00, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Reasons for declassification[edit]

The passage of time or events, the lessening of perceived harm if disclosed, and correcting overclassification are the primary reasons for declassifying or downgrading security classifications. For example, ship movements before they sail may be classified information, but once they have finished their mission may no longer be of value. Another example, may be the content of a policy speech is protectible before the speech is given. In order to prevent confusion of what is current policy is before the speech is given, but once the speech is given there is no need to prevent dissimination because there is no longer a possibility of confusion during the transition period. Current war plans typically are classified, but due to the passage of time world war II war plans may no longer qualified. —Preceding unsigned comment added by FOIAngel (talkcontribs) 16:29, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

This article only concerns the USA. It would be good to have informtation about other countries. Dpmuk 00:19, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Acts of declassification[edit]

I saw a former intelligence official on television describing one of his superiors (DCI or maybe POTUS) as having "committed an act of declassification", which is apparently the intelligence community jargon for a high-level official publicly announcing something heretofore classified without going through the normal procedures (but not unlawfully, the official having legal authority to declassify). It would be nice to document this. 121a0012 (talk) 04:02, 24 August 2013 (UTC)