What’s the damage from WikiLeaks? That’s hard to quantify

The Pentagon said Tuesday it would be “hard to quantify” the danger posed by the WikiLeaks release of secret documents but insisted the information would be used by US adversaries.

“If someone has been killed as a result, it’s very tangible and very quantifiable,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters.

“But how do you quantify information that our adversaries have got about how we operate? How do you quantify some other damaging elements like learning how we gather information and intelligence, altering their behavior because of things that they’ve learned?” he said.

“We do know from various means that our adversaries are out there actively mining this for information.”

He added that the Defense Department did not know what was behind a host of problems experienced by WikiLeaks, which has come under attack by hackers and switched servers as different countries have tried to shut it down.

The United States has condemned the whistle-blower website’s release of hundreds of secret documents, part of a trove of 250,000 US diplomatic cables — most from the last three years — the site plans to release in stages.

In one of the more recent leaks, WikiLeaks released a February 2009 cable listing infrastructure and key resources that, if attacked, “could critically impact” US public health, economic life and national security.

(AFP)

Earlier leaks detailed previously unknown diplomatic incidents, quoted top officials in closed-door meetings and included candid assessments of world leaders and hot-button international issues.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested in Britain on Tuesday on Swedish sex crimes allegations, has denied anyone had been harmed by the cables or earlier leaks of US war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Copyright © 2010 AFP

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2 Responses to "What’s the damage from WikiLeaks? That’s hard to quantify"

  1. Keith  December 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I wonder how many MORE millions of dollars our government is going to waste trying to prosecute Assange? Don’t these clowns remember what happened to the fellow who leaked the Pentagon Papers? That conviction for “espionage” didn’t “stick” and this one won’t either.

    Rather than spending millions of dollars we don’t have trying to track down a journalist who is only printing what the US Government itself couldn’t keep secret, how about tackling our HUGE deficit and gazzilion dollar national debt instead?

    After all, as the now dearly departed Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois once quipped, “A billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking real money!”

    • Carl Nemo  December 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Keith,

      Yesterday I posted a link concerning government fraud and waste in relation to them not being able to give seniors COLA or a $250 check to compensate the loss of such. I’m not in agreement with such checks per se. This precipitated my research as to how wasteful and inefficent they might be.

      This link material left me hushed as to how bad its become. Seemingly they are outright frittering away hundreds of billions per annum with minimal to no accounatability. I believe the big “O’s” waste ‘elimination’ team could only come up with about 140 million dollars worth. Say what? / : |

      http://hoguenews.com/?p=4834

      I urge readers to peruse this link material. Once done you’ll see that we’ve met the enemy and it’s seemingly our government. They’re running hog wild in the underbrush with a blank check in their snouts courtesy of U.S. tax slaves.

      Carl Nemo **==

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