LISTEN VT RADIO | JOIN TEAM VT | SIGN UP DAILY NEWSLETTER
VETERANS TODAY ON : FACEBOOK | TWITTER | VT FORUM
|

Gates Assails WikiLeaks Over Release of Reports, DoJ Source Says Espionage Act of 1917 in play

- Bush-Cheney-Ashcroft are back as the Obama administration threatens using the Espionage Act of 1917 against whistle-blowers reinterating that Obama like Bush is lying. End game is unclear as Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, with no apparent sense of irony, portrays WikiLeaks docs on Afghanistan war as recklessly endangering people in order to satisfy its “need to make a point.” -

By Charlie Savage

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday denounced the disclosure this week of 75,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war by the Web site WikiLeaks, asserting that the security breach had endangered lives and damaged the ability of others to trust the United States government to protect their secrets.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Mr. Gates portrayed the documents as “a mountain of raw data and individual impressions, most several years old” that offered little insight into current policies and events. Still, he said, the disclosures — which include some identifying information about Afghans who have helped the United States — have “potentially dramatic and grievously harmful consequences.”

“The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world,” he said. “Intelligence sources and methods, as well as military tactics, techniques and procedures, will become known to our adversaries.”

Mr. Gates said the documents’ disclosure had prompted a rethinking of a trend nearly two decades old, dating from the Persian Gulf war of 1991, of trying to make intelligence information more accessible to troops in combat situations so they can respond rapidly to developments.

“We endeavor to push access to sensitive battlefield information down to where it is most useful — on the front lines — where as a practical matter there are fewer restrictions and controls than at rear headquarters,” he said. “In the wake of this incident, it will be a real challenge to strike the right balance between security and providing our frontline troops the information they need.”

The military has charged an intelligence analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, with downloading large amounts of classified information from a computer at a base in Iraq and sending it to WikiLeaks, which operates from servers scattered across multiple countries and solicits “classified, censored or otherwise restricted material of political, diplomatic or ethical significance.”

Military officials have said that Army investigators also consider Private Manning a “person of interest” in the investigation into the Web site’s most recent disclosures. They said Thursday that he was being moved from Kuwait to Quantico, Va., where he would remain in military confinement as he awaits further judicial steps. WikiLeaks shared the documents with publications in Britain, Germany and the United States, including The New York Times, before posting them this week.

Julian Assange, an Australian computer specialist who founded WikiLeaks, has described the project as a form of journalism that seeks to protect whistle-blowers and enhance democracy by making public information that government officials would rather keep secret.

In a series of media appearances and interviews this week, he has defended the latest release as providing an unvarnished portrait of problems with the war in Afghanistan, while saying that his organization had held back about 15,000 documents for safety reasons.

But at Mr. Gates’s news conference on Thursday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, portrayed WikiLeaks as recklessly endangering people in order to satisfy its “need to make a point.”

“Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family,” Admiral Mullen said.

Mr. Gates said the military was taking steps to protect some Afghans identified in the documents, but he declined to specify them. He also declined to comment about the investigation beyond noting that he had enlisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist Army investigators, a move that is seen as a precursor to potentially charging people who are not uniformed service members.

A person familiar with the investigation has said that Justice Department lawyers are exploring whether Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks could be charged with inducing, or conspiring in, violations of the Espionage Act, a 1917 law that prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of national security information.

U.S. Government Secrecy

Bookmark and Share

Short URL: http://www.veteranstoday.com/?p=42432

The views expressed herein are the views of the author exclusively and not necessarily the views of VT or any other VT authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners and technicians. Legal Notice

Education
Get Your Loan Now
Get Your Loan Now
Get Your Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for Jobs on HireVeterans.com Now
Apply for Jobs on HireVeterans.com Now
Apply for Jobs on HireVeterans.com Now
Austins School of Spa Technology
ME Online
slow aging
What Price Gold
Posted by on Jul 29 2010, With 0 Reads, Filed under Corruption, Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

COMMENTS

To post, we ask that you login using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail in the box below.
Don't have a social network account? Register and Login direct with VT and post.
Before you post, read our Comment Policy - Feedback

Comments Closed

1 Comment for “Gates Assails WikiLeaks Over Release of Reports, DoJ Source Says Espionage Act of 1917 in play”

  1. Article => “A person familiar with the investigation has said that Justice Department lawyers are exploring whether Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks could be charged with inducing, or conspiring in, violations of the Espionage Act, a 1917 law that prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of national security information.”

    T.V. => We have some fine old oak trees down here and Texas. They have big branches horses can stand under, until slapped on the rump, leaving their wiki-rides dangling in joy over the people they’ve murdered.

    That includes you also, Pfc Bradleyshit Manning

Comments are closed

 

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Join Our Daily Newsletter
  View Newsletter ARCHIVE

WHAT'S HOT

  1. The History of CIA-Funded Foundations
  2. Will the EBOLA FEVER be the pretext to chip us all?
  3. Organized Labor in America Today
  4. Did Israel nuke America on 9/11?
  5. Military Terror Hits US Cities As Veterans Banned From Owning Guns?
  6. Obama using Putin to mask US interventions in Ukraine
  7. VA official: Training guide likened employees, not vets, to Oscar the Grouch
  8. What are we missing here?
  9. Zionist Bloodbath and Irrationality
  10. Time for the UN to go?
  11. NEO – Fighting Back Against Western Sanctions
  12. Law, Criminality, and Assaults on Indigenous Peoples
  13. VT Nuclear Education: Early Reactors
  14. VT Nuclear Education: Tactical Nuclear Warfare
  15. More veterans come forward, harassed over service animals
  16. Avnery – The War for Nothing
  17. Hot Russki “Spec Ops” Motorcycle
  18. ISIL supported by shadow governments: US journalist
  19. US plane ‘interfered’ with Chinese sub before intercept
  20. Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin
  1. Chandler: You are right, and I remember it well. The Bush family has taken an enormous toll on America. We continue to attend their lectures, buy their books, visit ...
  2. moneytalks: Of course you are being sarcastic . The [ Chosen Ones ] have both a real claim of legal ownership of the greater half of the world ...
  3. franktalk: You do (our we should) understand that the banking system is over all these countries and to have a good show, we need at least two sides, 15 ...
  4. LC: & they're less than 1% of adults in U.S. yet more that 10% of lawyers have "Jewish names" apparently because they all cheat by not taking the BAR EXAMS on ...
  5. Fravashi: Victoria Muromota Pope Francis just donated $1 million dollars to help the displaced Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. Perhaps you can point me to an example of ...

Veterans Today Poll

For over 60 years, US Taxpayers have been funding Israel, Palestine and Middle East. Are you happy with return on investment or would you prefer those monies be invested at home instead?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Archives