Unless you have been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you have heard about Army Private Manning and the charges against him regarding leaking tens of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website… which subsequently ended up all over the media. My question is, do you think this is an act of heroism or cowardism? I’ve heard the government talk out of both sides of it’s ass on this one.
They are investigating Manning and holding him in the brig for putting soldiers in “grave” danger. About a week ago, Obama said there was “nothing new in leaked docs” while National Security Advisor James Jones said “The United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security.” Maybe your secretary should call my secretary before we talk to the media.
The documents expose the incompetency we all have known exists in the two wars. A few bullet points:
–“The Times said the reports suggest that members of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate had met with members of the Taliban to organize militias to fight against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and plot assassinations of Afghan leaders.”
–“They portray Afghan security forces as the hapless victims of Taliban attacks. They also offer a conflicting impression of the deployment of drones, noting that America’s miracle weapons are also entirely vulnerable.”
–Times cited attribution of the downing of a helicopter to conventional weapons instead of heat-seeking missiles and giving Afghans credit for missions carried out by special operations commandos
A couple of MIT students are also being investigated for helping Manning with the hack. Well if a couple of nerds can hack into the government database of classified docs, maybe it is worth finding out now.
These documents have been labelled as “secret” but not “top secret.” Hey, you know who else has access to “sensitive” info? Your neighbor. And your boss. Jesse Ventura talked about it.
Do the checks and balances need to reign the government in thanks to people like Pte. Manning? Or are their somethings we just shouldn’t know? The jury is still out for me on this one. But I did read that there has been one confirmed kidnapping and execution of an Afghan informant who was named in the docs. More to come.