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DOD Asks Media Not To Publish Wiki Leaks

From a bemused Associated Press:

Pentagon asks media not to publish war leaks

By Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer Mon Oct 18, 2010

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Monday asked media organizations not to publish any classified war files released by the WikiLeaks Web site, as the U.S. braces for the potential disclosure of hundreds of thousands of secret Iraq war documents.

Gee, that seems familiar. We also suspect it will have the same effect as last time. Which is to say none at all.

(Of course, if the administration really didn’t want these leaks published the request would have come from the White House.)

In July, WikiLeaks obtained and released nearly 77,000 classified military reports from Afghanistan. Now, the Pentagon says the group has as many as 400,000 documents from a military database on operations in Iraq.

Will ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ be blamed again?

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange on Monday downplayed expectations that a leak was imminent. In a Twitter post, Assange said information were coming from "a single tabloid blog" that had put out a "tremendous amount" of false information about his site.

Still, the military says its 120-person task force has been on high alert. The group has been reviewing the documents for weeks to determine what information might be compromised.

Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that the military isn’t sure if WikiLeaks has shared the Iraq war logs with any news organizations. But, he said, media should not disseminate the "stolen" information even if it’s already posted online by WikiLeaks.

"The concern is that WikiLeaks as an organization should not be made more credible by having credible news organizations facilitate what they’re doing," Lapan said

In a separate development Monday, Swedish authorities have rejected Assange’s request for residency, a potential setback in his efforts to gain protection from Swedish press freedom laws.

Whether this material is carried by our watchdog media or not, it’s clear that WikiLeaks has the information. Which is to say that the terrorists and our other enemies now have the information.

So what exactly is the difference between WikiLeaks and an espionage organization?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “DOD Asks Media Not To Publish Wiki Leaks”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    With salutations to Commander Steve – what’s the difference between an intelligence agency and a wire and news service?

    Virtually none.

    IMHO – the press are the only Constitutionally guaranteed business in America. Their business is guaranteed and protected by the First Amendment; as such IMO, they commit treason every time they fail to uphold the Constitution, instead, engaging in chipping away at the Constitution.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      If something can pose imminent danger as defined by Brandenburg, however, and if the information is classified, it may not be protected, and I could see this Supreme Court (without John Paul Stevens) rolling back the Pentagon Papers case.

      (I see that Right of the People said something similar already.)

      As for prosecuting WikiLeaks – the problem is jurisdiction: who has jurisdiction to prosecute? The USA can only stop media domiciled in the USA from publishing.

  2. Right of the People says:

    When I was growing up this used to be called treason and since we are technically in a state of war it is punishable by death. Maybe if we stretch a few necks the leaks might stop.

    Just sayin’.

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