The fallout from the WikiLeaks leaks

Posted by: ST on July 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Via the UK Telegraph:

The Taliban has issued a warning to Afghans whose names might appear on the leaked Afghanistan war logs as informers for the Nato-led coalition.

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said they were studying and investigating the report, adding “If they are US spies, then we know how to punish them.”

The warning came as the US military’s top officer, Admiral Mike Mullen said that Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, may already have blood on his hands following the leak of 92,000 classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan by his website.

“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,” he said.

Information from the documents could reveal:

Names and addresses of Afghans cooperating with Nato forces
Precise GPS locations of Afghans
Sources and methods of gathering intelligence
The US government has called in the FBI to help hunt those responsible for leaking tens of thousands of secret documents about the Afghanistan war.

Robert Gates, the US Defense Secretary, warned that sources identified in the documents now risked being “targeted for retribution” by insurgents in Afghanistan.

He pledged a “thorough, aggressive investigation” to identify the leakers and said that steps were being taken to restrict access to classified documents in future.

Sounds like they may have already identified at least one of the leakers:

(CNN) — An Army private suspected of leaking classified material, including videos and other documents, has been transferred from Kuwait to a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, was charged in June with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code and is the military’s focus in the investigation into who leaked tens of thousands of documents to the website WikiLeaks.

Manning, 22, will remain in confinement as the Army continues an investigation to determine whether he should face the military equivalent of a trial over the charges, according to a statement released by the Army on Thursday.

He has not yet entered a plea, since there has not been a decision about whether he should face trial, Army Maj. Bryan Woods said. Military lawyers for Manning referred questions about him to Woods.

Manning, who had top-secret clearance as an intelligence analyst for the Army when he was stationed in Iraq, was charged in June with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for allegedly illegally transferring classified data, reportedly including an earlier video that wound up on WikiLeaks.org.

On Wednesday, a senior Pentagon official said that Manning was believed to have accessed a worldwide military classified Internet and e-mail system to download documents.

The Pentagon official, who did not want to be identified because of the ongoing criminal investigation, said investigators believe Manning logged into a system called the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, which essentially provides military members who have appropriate security clearances access to classified e-mails and the military’s classified Internet system.

I have no comment at this time – unless, of course, you’d like to see me curse in ways that would shock a sailor. o=> x(

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  1. Phineas says:

    Oh, I have a comment: Assange should be charged with espionage, the soldier helped him with espionage and possibly treason, and both should face murder charges if any Afghans who helped us die because of their narcissism.

    Both of these men are nothing more than swine.

  2. Julian Assange and anyone else responsible at Wikileaks belong in prison where they can do no more harm.

  3. Tex says:

    Assange is a pompous, self-righteous, and self-serving pig! He should be classified as an Al Qaeda/Taliban agent/spy and placed on the CIA’s terrorist wanted list at the top next to Osama bin Laden. And the U.S. should place a big, fat bounty on his head. If not already, he will be directly responsible for the murder of countless agents in Afghanistan and Pakistan working for the U.S., as well as an increase in American deaths resulting from the information the terrorists will gleam from these stolen documents.

    I’ve heard two reporters this week from the infamous publisher of top secret military documents, the New York Times, say they were shocked that Assange published so many documents with the names and locations of people working with the U.S. in Afghanistan and even they (NYT) had principles enough to delete those documents from publication in their rag.

    Assange will be hailed as a hero from the caves in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the Islamic terrorists. He has no right to the freedoms afforded him by this country paid for with the lives of the very American soldiers he has betrayed.

  4. Steve Hussein Skubinna says:

    …unless, of course, you’d like to see me curse in ways that would shock a sailor.

    Hey, I’m a sailor. Give it a shot, ST, I’ll let you know how shocked I am. Besides, I’m always open to learning opportunities.

  5. LOL, Steve :">

    Is it really true what they say about sailors and cursing?

  6. Carlos says:

    Since Assange is neither a US citizen nor in the country, I imagine it would be difficult to extradite him to charge him with treason against the United States.

    That being said, I think the idea of putting him on a terrorist list with a bounty on his head is an excellent one, but unfortunately he doesn’t qualify for the terrorist list – he’s not a TEA party member!

    Stupidity in ideology has consequences, and this is one of JanNap’s.

  7. Steve Hussein Skubinna says:

    Golly, ma’am, it is true that many of us are bawdy bat-fouling rapscallions, scoundrels, and scalawags unfit for polite society.

    Most of the time, I’m embarrassed to be around myself. So I want to thank the good folks here at ST’s for tolerating such a loutish hedge-born ninnyhammer.

  8. Steve, if what they say about sailors and cursing is true, you are certainly an exception to the rule and quite a gentleman when it comes to how you speak here at the blog :)

  9. Kate says:

    LOL…as sailor and a gentleman to boot! All very much appreciated, too!

    back on track….the old hangin’ is too good for ‘em seems to apply here.

    Send out the pose.

  10. Chris in NC says:

    Sadly this man will never see the inside of a prison or the end of a noose. Obama will call him a whistle blower and let him off.

  11. Phineas says:

    ST:

    Is it really true what they say about sailors and cursing?

    I don’t know about all sailors, but my Grandad, a Navy Chief, had an impressive vocabulary. Mom was always telling him to watch his language around me. And it wasn’t until years later that I realized that all politicians’ names didn’t begin with “That son-of-a-…” :">

  12. Jo says:

    Assange is a snarky, pitifual excuse for a human being and yes, pompous, arrogant, and I find it ironic he is ‘against war’ but what he has done will further violence, torture, murder and mayhem for many families. He should burn in hell and the faster the better.

  13. Assange is traitorous scum, that’s for certain. He releases these documents and videos to undermine our war effort.

    Dante put traitors in the very lowest rung of Hell. May he have been right.

  14. Ryan says:

    Hmm, I have a few friends who were in the Navy and I’d put my vocab up against all but one. LOL