Skip to comments.Afghanistan war logs: Story behind biggest leak in intelligence history
Posted on 07/26/2010 9:42:49 AM PDT by lbryce
US authorities have known for weeks that they have suffered a haemorrhage of secret information on a scale which makes even the leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war look limited by comparison.
The Afghan war logs, from which the Guardian reports today, consist of 92,201 internal records of actions by the US military in Afghanistan between January 2004 and December 2009 threat reports from intelligence agencies, plans and accounts of coalition operations, descriptions of enemy attacks and roadside bombs, records of meetings with local politicians, most of them classified secret.
The Guardian's source for these is Wikileaks, the website which specialises in publishing untraceable material from whistleblowers, which is simultaneously publishing raw material from the logs.
Washington fears it may have lost even more highly sensitive material including an archive of tens of thousands of cable messages sent by US embassies around the world, reflecting arms deals, trade talks, secret meetings and uncensored opinion of other governments.
Wikileaks' founder, Julian Assange, says that in the last two months they have received yet another huge batch of "high-quality material" from military sources and that officers from the Pentagon's criminal investigations department have asked him to meet them on neutral territory to help them plug the sequence of leaks. He has not agreed to do so.
Behind today's revelations lie two distinct stories: first, of the Pentagon's attempts to trace the leaks with painful results for one young soldier; and second, a unique collaboration between the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel magazine in Germany to sift the huge trove of data for material of public interest and to distribute globally this secret record of the world's most powerful nation at war.
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Is an administration with a history of anti-war sentiments going to move in arresting, prosecuting someone who many among Obama's coterie of left-wings feel philosphically akin to? I doubt it.
Will this treasonous turd escape any consequencess for the way he has so egregiously damaged the US?
How much you want to bet that Obambi hisself is behind this?
This person needs to be arrested now, and tried for treason. Imprison him and throw away the key.
Nah, couldn’t be. Why would someone who was/is a fan of Daniel Ellsberg be leased to see this information outed.
But who gave them to Julian? Someone in our military had to get it out of the internal system.
I used to have a TS clearance. If I even released one paper, I would have been sent to Leavenworth Prison for life. All this stinks.
I got a feeling this came from high up the food chain.
what do you expect from radicals who believe the US is evil, the US govt is oppressive, and national secrets are classified only to hide America’s shameful conduct?
This is obamas own belief. This is what he was raised to believe, his entire life. These are the views of the people he chose as asociates his entire life. His “friends” at Columbia and Chicago. The Ayers family. His minister.
This is an iceberg but not the only iceberg out there.
Lord help our nation. Things have been done that cannot be undone and the damage to national security is continuing and accelerating. The entire US congress, both parties, the cabinet, the courts, our traditional “allies”- all complicit by action or inaction.
The obamites appointed legions of angry revenge-seeking and/or naive people as bureaucrats throughout our govt, and awakened the fervor of moles who spent the previous 8 years hating and undermining President Bush and all our national agencies.
I know how I would stop it. I would do some waterboarding and some “ accidents” would start happening to the leakers, with just enough info on the “accidents” leaked that anyone would think twice before thinking about leaking anything else.
This is Treason folks. and the punishment for Treason is death.
He wants to fight the Patriots in America.
Wilson, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan or TR would have had this guy hauled off weeks ago as a threat to national security, and any or all of them would have had this guy shot. TR likely would have done it himself.
Did you read the WP article last week on US Intelligence? Wonder what your thoughts were?I was amazed to read that about 900,000 hold TS clearance...makes it almost worthless, on some level..only way to “protect” info then is to compartmentalize it to such an extent that it then almost never ends up getting to the people who need it..
“Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange...”
This person needs to be arrested now, and tried for treason. Imprison him and throw away the key.
IIRC he is not even an American citizen
I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but I will point out that 0bama has a vested interest in turning the focus of his failed efforts in Afghanistan back onto Bush, both for the November elections and to cover a unilateral withdrawal. The left wing of his party is pressing him hard for the latter and he’s feeling the heat. If it isn’t settled by 2012 he’s a goner...unless the “Bush’s fault” mantra is good for just one more use by then.
Our corrupt state dept...
The article except says December 2009.
this is his 'out' for Afghanistan. Now we can leave in disgrace. No more worrying about how to 'win'.
Always said there was a traitor/double agent among the 7.
For all its worth... Obuttboy should just blame George Washington! Nobody cares what Bush did. The moron class elected The Failed Obama Administration© to clean up some imagined "mess." Well, Ice cream cone chomper in chief... clean up the alleged mess. They hired Obama to fix "problems." So far... nothing. But, why would anyone ever expect a kid with no executive experience to be able to fix such complex situations? Fools, all. Idiots elect a government and then blame the predecessor...
Compartmentalization/SAP for its own sake is generally not an idea that I favor. Comparmentalization/SAP is often done for the wrong reasons: hide the funding/purpose from Congress (arguably both good and bad depending on who’s in charge), hiding efforts/plans from the enemy (good thing), because of fear that colateral protection methods are not secure enough (i.e., under control of DSS and NISPOM), or rightly because the damage of the material if exposed could cause.
To my mind, each and EVERY person with a TS/SCI clearance should have to undergo lie detector tests yearly and further that the questions also cover patriotism and political affiliations.
>I used to have a TS clearance.<
Aren’t you supposed to kill us now that you revealed that secret?
who funds him
We have a huge mess in our security.
Very long, very scary where we are at.
Top Secret America
A hidden world, growing beyond control
It’s times like this that I wish the fiction of competent CIA hit squads was real. That wikileaks person really ought to be pushing up daisies.
If that were true death row would be overcrowded.
"Willful retention of classified documents carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Obstruction of justice carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The charge of making a false statement carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Each of the charged counts carries a maximum fine of $250,000."
For the military - this would be an Article 92 UCMJ violation. AKA TITLE 10, Subtitle A, PART II, CHAPTER 47, SUBCHAPTER X, Section (or paragraph) 892. If the full Court so decides, the death penalty may be assigned.
Side actions against these press outlets for possession / release of classified materials has yet to be seen.
And this kind of behaviour is not limited to the US.
I’ve been although the series in depth. Traitorism usually is only the result of a limited series of actions. Here, we have a massive, two-year effort to compile a treasure trove of, at it’s minimal impact a breach of operational security, information that is centrally located and open to all, including our enemies....
Can't recall completely but isn't that when the Dems were calling the general Betray-us.
Whoever did this should swing from a yardarm.
Ha! Sure, what’s your address? :-)
>We have a huge mess in our security.<
Who are we fighting?
Are there Muslims who have access to highly classified national security data?
This looks like it came from someone who had access to State and military docs. The person would have to be very high up to do this. I suspect that there are several people involved.
It is also possible that they have been sending like docs to others whom we do not wish to have these docs.
This is disastrous.
my thoughts exactly! No doubt about it!
“How much you want to bet that Obambi hisself is behind this?”
Seeing as none of the documents are dated from the Obama administration I would say it is a good bet.
Treason? Against Australia? What are the Australian treason laws?
Also don't focus on Wikileaks. They were just the useful tool. Focus on who leaked this info.
Until he exposes really dangerous men and regimes worldwide, he is a typical leftwing hack.
We don't have an extradition treaty with Oz?
Extradition. Black ops. Something. This cretin needs to pay for this.
Our friends in the Australian intelligence services need to take Julian waterboarding.
“This is disastrous.”
Maybe not. Maybe Assange has done the Amercian public a favor. And if he could get this stuff, then either it is not of much value to our real enemies, or it is already known to them.
“This cretin needs to pay for this.”
Maybe we should thank him instead. And concentrate on finding the security breach.
Is he in the USA?