Steven Aftergood, a member of the Federation of American Scientists, said the move makes it appear as though officials have something to hide, noting, "Clearly, nuclear weapons technology secrets should be protected.
"To say there is lack of discipline within their own administration, I'm not sure what that gets them," he said. "Could it discourage future leakers? Maybe. But I think people already know leaks of classified information are discouraged and may be prosecuted, so I don't know that it serves a constructive purpose either."