U.S. officials are downplaying the disclosure of thousands of reports by whistleblower WikiLeaks.org. While these come off as the biggest leak on a U.S. led military operation since the
U.S. officials are downplaying the disclosure of thousands of reports by whistleblower WikiLeaks.org. While these come off as the biggest leak on a U.S. led military operation since the Vietnam War, top military officers claim that reports and documents from WikiLeaks are at “secret-level” and are not at highly classified information.
U.S. President Barack Obama earlier today expressed concern over the exposure of delicate information although he said that the documents did not disclose new information on the operations in Afghanistan.
Admiral Michael Mullen, a top-rank military officer, even expressed doubts about the relevance of the information going forward as these were focused on past events, dating from 2004 to 2009. Mullen says that their focus today is the future as so many things have changed since 2009.
John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has cautioned against excessive excitement over these leaks. “I think it’s important not to overhype or get excited about the meaning of these documents.”, Senator Kerry said.
Investigations are going on to identify the source of the leaks, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
At the other end of the spectrum, WikiLeaks.org founder Julian Assange claims that the website is not anti-war as it was perceived to be. According to Assange, “”WikiLeaks does not have an opinion whether the war in Afghanistan should continue or not continue. … It should continue in a just way if it’s to continue at all.”