WikiLeaks Exposed Identities of Afghan Informants

Assange is no doubt very proud of himself.

Hundreds of Afghan lives have been put at risk by the leaking of 90,000 intelligence documents to WikiLeaks because the files identify informants working with NATO forces.

In just two hours of searching the WikiLeaks archive, The Times of London found the names of dozens of Afghans credited with providing detailed intelligence to U.S. forces. Their villages are given for identification and also, in many cases, their fathers’ names.

U.S. officers recorded detailed logs of the information fed to them by named local informants, particularly tribal elders.

Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, claimed on Monday that all the documents released through his organisation had been checked for named informants and that 15,000 such documents had been held back.

Liar.

The Afghan Government has reacted with horror to the volume of information contained in the files.

A senior official at the Afghan Foreign Ministry, who declined to be named, said: “The leaks certainly have put in real risk and danger the lives and integrity of many Afghans. The U.S. is both morally and legally responsible for any harm that the leaks might cause to the individuals, particularly those who have been named. It will further limit the U.S./international access to the uncensored views of Afghans.”

The Pentagon claimed that a preliminary review of the thousands of secret reports released by WikiLeaks showed that they posed no immediate threat to U.S. forces. But experts warned that the Taliban and Al Qaeda would already be using the information to identify and target informers in the war zone.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/27/leaked-afghan-war-files-expose-identities-informants/

Julian should be plunked down right in the middle of an Afghan village where some of those informants live.  

He also claims he ‘doesn’t know’ where the documents came from. How convenient.

WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief claims his organization doesn’t know who sent it some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents, telling journalists that the Web site was set up to hide the source of its data from those who receive it.

Julian Assange didn’t say whether he meant he had no idea who leaked the documents or whether his organization simply could not be sure. But he did say the added layer of secrecy helps protect the site’s sources from spy agencies and hostile corporations.

“We never know the source of the leak,” he told journalists gathered at London’s Frontline Club late Tuesday. “Our whole system is designed such that we don’t have to keep that secret.”

U.S. officials said U.S. operatives inside Afghanistan and Pakistan may be in danger following the massive online disclosure Sunday.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/28/wikileaks-dont-know-gave-thousands-pages-classified-afghan-intelligence/

If there’s any doubt over Assange’s motive, this should clear things up:

Assange also expressed disdain for the military, invoking a quotation attributed to mathematician and noted pacifist Albert Einstein that describes soldiers as contemptible drones and attacks patriotism as a cover for brutality and war.

Assange couldn’t care less of all the damage he’s done.  His venomous animosity toward the miltary is what drives his site.

That little asshole’s main objective is to get as much publicity as he can for himself; counter-terrorism be damned. This arrogant, self-absorbed little cockholster, just placed the lives of informants in danger as well as jeopardizing the efforts of fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Take a good look at Assange:

Just think, there are over 90,000 of these documents, many of which contain information that puts America’s security at risk. His mugshot should be right next to Adam Gadahn’s, Anwar al-Awlaki, and PFC Bradley Manning’s.
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2 thoughts on “WikiLeaks Exposed Identities of Afghan Informants”

  1. “That little asshole’s main objective is to get as much publicity as he can for himself; counter-terrorism be damned.”

    I think I can give a better explanation for his intentions:

    He believes that by providing civilians with information about what is happening in a war, they can make better choices about whether to support that war. Some might read what he leaked and decide that it’s still worth it to fight in Afghanistan. Some may decide that what they see means that its time to give up. The point is that an informed populace is at the heart of a functioning democracy. If people don’t know the results of the actions of their elected representatives, they can’t vote properly.

    Without a free flow of information, we might as well have a monarchy.

    Now, there is an argument for having certain things classified relating to military operations, but its clear that this policy is regularly abused, and things that do not need to be classified remain classified for years. As a former intelligince analyst I’m sure you’ve seen this first-hand.

    1. Miles,

      You give way too much credit to Assange and Manning in the way of good intentions. Making choices about the worth of this war was never in question when it was established that Afghanistan was a major base of operations for the Al Qaeda and Taliban. “Informed” shouldn’t mean that the lives of troops and the mission are compromised because of a self-appointed attention whore whose anti-war politics are at the core of what he does for a living. “Informed” doesn’t mean releasing classified information that can do serious damage to the security of the United States and give aid and support to the enemy. “Free flow of information” doesn’t involve treason.

      As a former intelligence analyst sworn to safeguard the information with which I was entrusted, I know this first hand.

      SFC MAC

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