Robert Gates slams WikiLeaks

Asserting that the security breach had endangered lives and damaged the ability of others to trust the United States government to protect their secrets, US... More Below... Posted by on Jul 29th, 2010 and filed under US.

Asserting that the security breach had endangered lives and damaged the ability of others to trust the United States government to protect their secrets, US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday denounced the disclosure this week of 75,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war by the Web site WikiLeaks.

The documents were “a mountain of raw data and individual impressions, most several years old” that offered little insight into current policies and events, Gates told reporters at the Pentagon. Still, the disclosures—which include some identifying information about Afghans who have helped the United States—have “potentially dramatic and grievously harmful consequences,” he said.

He added, “The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners, and may well damage our relationships and reputation in that key part of the world. Intelligence sources and methods, as well as military tactics, techniques and procedures, will become known to our adversaries.”

(Thanks to The New York Times and Monica King)