Pentagon demands WikiLeaks stuff genie back in bottle
Formal demand issued
The US Defense Department has formally asked WikiLeaks to delete all copies of military documents it has received and return any documents not yet published.
Julian Assange has already taken to Twitter to reject the offer.
The message said: "Obnoxious Pentagon spokesperson issues formal threat against WikiLeaks: Destroy everything, or else."
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell also dismissed Assange's claim that he had been in touch with the Defense Department to request help in redacting their own documents.
Morrell said this was a harm minimisation plan by the website and said: "WikiLeaks has made no such request directly to the Department of Defense."
Assange said this was disingenuous because the request had gone via the websites media partners the Guardian, New York Times and Der Spiegel. A further tweet promised a fuller response later.
The story was splashed by all three papers, but has since died a quick death because of the lack of any very solid information: except, it would appear, for names and GPS co-ordinates of US military informants, who now face the very real danger of reprisals from the Taliban or their allies. ®
Who is at risk here?
@DavCrav et al : you seem upset that "our" informants or soldiers are more at risk, but you don't seem bothered about the risk "our" soldiers represent to the civilians of Afganistan.
Our media keep count of the number of "our" dead soldiers, but we don't seem to keep count of the number of dead Afghan civilians. Do those people not matter? Do they not have grieving families also?
If "our" military leaders are not prepared to be held to account, then "we" no longer live in a democracy.
Do you accept that the electorate of the West should be able to make an informed judgement about how many "enemy" civilians "we" are content to kill, for each of "our" soldiers who dies?
(Yes, some Afghan casualties will have been enemy fighters. That doesn't change the point, only the arithmetic.)
Dont do stuff that you are ashamed of
Well: if the US Destruction Department only did stuff that it was proud of: they would not feel the need to keep their actions hidden. They are winging about the informers' who's lives are endangered, what about those who's lives they have taken by slinging missiles in the wrong places?
Its not a war - its a conflict
Wars are where the aggressor destroys the opposing fighting force, then subjugates the remaining population through fear. In case you hadn't noticed, that's not happening in Afghanistan.
And while we're being picky about names, "US military informants" should be called what they actually are - collaborators. Collaborators of any nationality, siding with a foreign occupying military force, deserve what they get. Giving sustenance to the enemy is the definition of treason.