BBC—Wikileaks cable release ‘attack on world’

Posted by Kendall Harmon

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denounced the release of classified diplomatic cables as an "attack on the international community".

She spoke after the release of some 250,000 messages from US envoys around the world by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.

The cables offer candid and sometimes unflattering views of world leaders and frank assessments of security threats.

But Mrs Clinton said diplomats often needed confidentiality to be effective.

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Posted November 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

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1. Adam 12 wrote:

I can’t help but think this matter is not being given anywhere near the gravity it deserves and that it is close to becoming a matter for the military. Perhaps the President will gaze into his Teleprompter and discover the correct course of action.

November 29, 9:14 pm | [comment link]
2. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

#1 Do you think invading Sweden is on the cards?

November 29, 9:42 pm | [comment link]
3. Jeff Thimsen wrote:

The really disturbing aspect of this, is the revelation that our classified traffic is so vulnerable to compromise. Apparently the source of the leak of all these thousand’s of classied e-mails was an Army Spec. 4.

November 29, 9:57 pm | [comment link]
4. Cennydd13 wrote:

He won’t be a Spec 4 much longer.

November 29, 10:30 pm | [comment link]
5. carl wrote:

Attorney General Eric Holder said there was an ongoing criminal investigation into the release and anyone found responsible would be prosecuted.

[Edited by Elf].  If secrets cannot be kept secret, then external actors will be reluctant to aid the United States in its efforts.  That of course is the whole point of releasing these documents.  It’s not about providing information.  It’s about restricting the freedom of action of the US.  Ironically, it’s the security of the western world that will be affected - and that includes the security of the Swedes who protect and facilitate the release.


November 29, 11:42 pm | [comment link]
6. John Wilkins wrote:

#1 I concur.

However, I admit that the leaks I have read demonstrate we have a vibrant state department.  It’s interesting that they must keep private aspects of our foreign policy.  Not many people, however, would find satisfaction with the idea of Iran being the impetus for Arab countries to side with Israel.  Plenty might be disturbed by our state department’s openness.

We have some talented people serving our democracy in foreign countries, and they aren’t always the military.

November 29, 11:43 pm | [comment link]
7. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

#5 carl
“If secrets cannot be kept secret, then external actors will be reluctant to aid the United States in its efforts.”
That is certainly true, but does this mess owe something to putting all that secret information [including presumably some of ours] on an intranet all of which is accessible by only a few trusted three million people?  Whose bright idea was that?

[Edited by Elf]

November 30, 12:16 am | [comment link]
8. A Senior Priest wrote:

I already knew most of the major stuff that’s supposedly so shocking from reading my two favorite mags/sites… Forbes, and The Economist. All Wikileaks is doing is proving to the world what a bunch of plonkers most of the world has for so-called leadership. A lot of the other, lesser, incidents that’ve been revealed that people are tut-tutting about are further confirmation of the same. The fact that the human race continues to exist is solely due to the mercy of God. No joke. That’s Dogma, friends.

November 30, 12:42 am | [comment link]
9. A Senior Priest wrote:

Evidently some well-read people agree with the assessment of the Wikileaks ‘scandal’

November 30, 12:47 am | [comment link]
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