Not to belabor the point, but Wikileaks absolutely has blood on its hands. And if, as it has been reported, the White House voted “present” as the names of thousands of Afghani informants were released, the administration has blood on its hands as well. I’m hesitant to accuse the president of malicious intent, but I do believe that he just can’t be bothered with things that don’t pertain to his immediate agenda. He doesn’t sweat the details in matters of foreign policy and national security. He doesn’t believe in the war, doesn’t care about the war, just wants it to be over–why should he bother about some vicious, anti-American, self-important hacker?
Mr Gates, an ex-CIA director, said ‘one of the worse aspects’ was that the leak had breached the ‘sacrosanct’ relationship between the military and its sources.
‘Will people whose lives are on the line trust us to keep their identities secret?’ he added.
This is the most outrageous violation in the entire affair. The betrayal of people who are actually risking their lives is unforgivable. Informants must have the assurance that they and their families will be protected for doing the right thing. If we can’t promise even that, we’re no longer the country we claim to be.
And who’s this little prick?
Private Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence specialist, is under investigation for allegedly leaking other material, including a classified helicopter cockpit video.
It showed U.S. soldiers laughing as they gunned down Afghan civilians and two journalists in a firefight in Baghdad in 2007. He was picked up in Iraq, where he was working.
He is now believed to be the suspected source for the latest leaks, and has been transferred from Kuwait to the U.S.
Give me five minutes and a 2×4…