Monday, November 29, 2010

Another day, another WikiLeaks document dump

This is becoming beyond embarrassing. A global superpower is incapable of preventing a rag tag organization from publishing national secrets. Yet, this is exactly what we are dealing with now that Wikileaks has dumped a third set of classified documents.

This time the documents are of a diplomatic flavor.  Some of the juicy items released are:

The video below helps to detail more of the information that was released.

The frustrating thing about these Wikileaks document dumps is that Wikileaks openly stated they were going to release more documents after they first dump, yet nothing was really done about it. Sarah Palin was quick to pick up on this fact and was one of the first to ask why nothing has been done so far.
Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page: We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe. However, the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco. 
First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? Assange is not a “journalist,” any more than the “editor” of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a “journalist.” He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders? 
What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn’t they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations? 
Most importantly, serious questions must also be asked of the U.S. intelligence system. How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised? 
The White House has now issued orders to federal departments and agencies asking them to take immediate steps to ensure that no more leaks like this happen again. It’s of course important that we do all we can to prevent similar massive document leaks in the future. But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first leak back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part? 
We are at war. American soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedoms. They are serious about keeping America safe. It would be great if they could count on their government being equally serious about that vital task. 
- Sarah Palin 
This is the question everyone (especially the media) should have been asking after the second Wikileaks dump. By not aggressively going after Wikileaks the Obama administration does look weak and as Will Jacobson from Legal Insurrection suggests a lot like the Carter administration.

Video h/t: The Right Scoop


Angie Lee said...

Because the first time it happened, it was stuff to make Bush look bad. Now that it's stuff that can make Obama look bad, it's got to be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.

Just a conservative girl said...

What I want to know is why a private had access to this information and it wasn't noticed that all this info was being downloaded?

bd said...

sorry - gratuitously mean - bho took the oath of office on a bible, not the koran

Janelle said...

We are talking about what the twits in DC think, not what the people of The United States of America think. Think the message of 2010 will need to be repeated for at least a decade and perhaps permanently.

crypticchika said...

snitches get stitches - Why da heck that boy ain't got none yet??

and the ONLY reason I dont think this boi has got any yet, is cause he is in BIG with Soros (one of obama's handlers) and a few of his special interests groups..

It wouldn't surprise me if obama planned this to shut down the internet..

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