The process of being read into a compartmented program generally entails being approved for access to particularly sensitive and restricted information about a classified program, receiving a briefing about the program, and formally acknowledging the briefing, usually by signing a non-disclosure agreement describing restrictions on the handling and use of information concerning the program.[1] Officials with the required security clearance and a need to know may be read into a covert operation or clandestine operation they will be working on.[2] For codeword–classified programs, an official would not be aware a program existed with that codeword until being read in,[3] because the codewords themselves are classified.

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  2. Goodman, Allan E.; Berkowitz, Bruce D. (2002). Best Truth: Intelligence in the Information Age. New York: Free Press. ISBN 0-300-09397-7. "At each step in a career, moving to a new assignment usually means being 'read into' a program, or learning new secrets." 
  3. Gellman, Barton D. (2009). "Endnotes to Chapter 11: #10". Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. New York: Penguin (Non-Classics). pp. 449. ISBN 0-14-311616-9. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/cheney/endnotes.html. "It is true by definition that the classification markings were new to Goldsmith, because the program was codeword- classified. Until an official is "read in," he does not know there is a special access program with that codeword." 

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