Wikileaks Discloses Thousands Of Confidential Diplomatic Communications; Media Enablers Publish Them

In a follow-up to its previous leaks of sensitive information, Wikileaks has now disclosed 250,000 or so cables from U.S. embassies, with some sent as recently as February of this year. 

These disclosures are likely to be far more damaging than the disclosure of military communications from earlier this year, since they involve confidential discussions with and about our allies and adversaries around the world.  There is likely to be particular discomfort among many of our friends as their true feelings about, for example, the Iranian nuclear weapons program are revealed.  Time will tell just how damaging these disclosures are.

My first thought is that it is time to get very serious about prosecuting those involved, in this order of priority — (1) the leaker, (2) Wikileaks and its officers, and (3) media enablers who publish the materials.  On the news this morning, John Bolton called for prosecution of the leakers for treason, which would seem to be applicable here. 

My second thought is one articulated by Scott Johnson at Power Line this morning:

Surely readers will recall Times reporter Andrew Revkin’s inspiring statement of principle: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.”

No, silly, he didn’t say this about leaks that are harmful to national security.  Of course not.  Instead, the NYT took this brave stand against publishing stolen private information and statements not intended for publication when it really mattered — in defense of  the climate “scientists” whose leaked Climategate emails revealed to be acting rather unscientifically.

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  

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