"Career counselors at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs urged students not to post links to the documents or make comments on social media Web sites, including Facebook or Twitter.
'Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government,' said an e-mail the office said it sent to students on the advice of an alumnus who works for the State Department.
But the employee's warning, 'does not represent a formal policy position,' State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Saturday.
'This sounds like an overly-zealous employee,' Crowley said in an e-mail. 'Our focus is advising current employees not to download classified documents to an unclassified network. While we condemn what WikiLeaks has done, we cannot control what is done through private Internet accounts.'"