Former Bush adviser says WikiLeaks disclosures compromise security

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  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    I call B.S. on what this Bush aide says.

  • MNLlogit Alpine, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    I have a strong suspicion that the gentleman quoted here, McConnell, isn't terribly familiar with the content on Wikileaks. He claims that, "when (American adversaries) know who's been talking to us, who's been cooperating with us it's going to make a successful peacekeeping role in places like Afghanistan and Iraq just so much more difficult". But the fact is, there's not much in Wikileaks about "who's been talking to us" that is not already known or strongly suspected by our adversaries.

    One of the downsides of an open democracy and a free press is ...well that it's an open democracy and a free press!

    Jailing or prosecuting Julian Assange will generate far more damage to U.S. prestige and security than will just ignoring him.

  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    People keep saying terrorists will use this information. Can someone explain how us thinking derogatory things about a French head of state will result in a terrorits attack? As for the military-related release. So far, no one has been harmed because of them in Iraq or Afghanistan. While the State Dept cables should definitely not be for public consumption, the military ones were eye opening to what we the people are not being told about the wars.

  • Elgabacho Washington, DC
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    The US is causing the damage by being hypocritical. When you preach democracy and freedom, but then when something like this happens you want to shut down the site and imprison the publisher of the materials. What PFC Manning did was criminal and he should be punished, but shutting down Wikileaks and imprisoning those involved (only Assange? Why not everyone involved?) sounds like a country that we consider a totalitarian regime like Russia, Iran, or China.

    This is like working for a company where you know people are scheming and trying to get to the top or are trying to make deals behind people's backs, etc. Then all of the sudden you get to know the schemes, what people are saying, who is trying to do what, and all the deals. Of course the people who are trying to get something or are scheming are going to think that information will be harmful. It hurts them. It ruins there plans. The secret combinations aren't so secret anymore.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    I would not put much faith in anyone associated with George W. Bush...

    considering the 'intelligence failure' that lead to our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

    'US gives up search for Iraq WMD'
    'Former head of UN weapons inspections Hans Blix also said there was no surprise in the announcement.
    "We have believed that there weren't any weapons since around May or June 2003...' - BBC News - 01/12/05

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    I agree that talking about the leaks is not helpful. The U.S should publicly minimize the impact so as to not draw attention to the material. The intelligence agencies of other nations probably already know the key stuff, and drawing attention only helps the job of less sophisticated terrorists. But the attacks on the leaks should shift from Assange and WikiLeaks to the source of the material. I still don't get how a lowly PFC was able to access all this data. If he could, so could others.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    So far it's been my impression of the wiki leaks exposure that the only security compromised is that of the secrecy of power and personal greed through graft, bribery, payoffs, and profiteering by people in high places of government or industry.

    None of the leaks have been about the people of a country, its all been about the suppression of peoples rights and liberties and the US's insatiable appetite to be the world power.

    If the American people think its okay for any government to use its power to destroy nations and countries by political greed then I have not trust in them. The US uses money and greed to leverage its way in to controls of a country. It's not world security, its world control disguised as security.