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Clinton Calls WikiLeaks' Documents An 'Attack' On The World

Clinton Calls WikiLeaks' Documents An 'Attack' On The World

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly condemned "those responsible" and warned that retribution was coming over Wikileak's publication of a quarter of a million leaked documents from United States embassies around the world.

She also said that the State Department was increasing its security measures to safeguard its documents.

"The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information ... This disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community – the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity," Clinton said. "I want you to know that we are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information. I have directed that specific actions be taken at the State Department, in addition to new security safeguards at the Department of Defense and elsewhere to protect State Department information."

The WikiLeaks site explains that on Sunday, November 28, 2010, WikiLeaks "began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities."


Red: Secret     Orange: Confidential    Green: Unclassified
Cables by Country of Origin - Source: Wikileaks.org

The cables date from 1966 to February, 2010, and contain "confidential communications" between 274 embassies and the State Department in Washington DC. "15,652 of the cables are classified Secret," WikiLeaks said.

Clinton apologized to the world's diplomats for the public exposure of documents that were "intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats’ personal assessments and observations."

Clinton says that U.S. policy, which is set in Washington, is a matter of public record, even though specific documents are not. The New York Times reported that one of the leaked cables reveals information into the famed attack on Google and other U.S. companies by Chinese hackers last December. The cable linked China’s political leaders to the ‘Operation Aurora’ cyber-attacks.

WikiLeaks is on a roll with this latest disclosure. On October 22, it released nearly 400, 000 documents (known as 'The Iraq War Logs'), that tell the story of the war in Iraq from January 1, 2004, through December, 2009, as told by soldiers in the United States Army. It released similar documents on the war in Afghanistan.

Here is Clinton's speech in its entirety.

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We would not need this site(wikileaks) or kind of people (Julian Assange) if our government didn't lie cheat and steal from us  just my opinion.

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My opinion is these leaks should be stopped! The security of America and Americans abroad are at risk as well as foreign relations! This is cyber espionge.Our soldiers are putting their lives on the line everday only to be undermined back home by the iggnorance of a few enjoying the the freedom and security that they put their lives on the line to provide!

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No my friend!! "you think you know but you really don’t know" Listen to the words of the last president of the USA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLn7zbxyrPM

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I agree 100% with amd. although i am really interested in what they say at these meetings, it isn't right to release them to the whole public where countries are bashing on each other. things will start up from this... hope the owner of the site is happy :). He even says that he will continue posting up leaks though out a period of time.

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>> Clinton Calls WikiLeaks' Documents An 'Attack' On The World

The War on Drugs and War on Terror are pretty much won.. so why not start a War on Information?

Or we could stop doing things that are embarrassing when leaked. You know, whichever.

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3vi1:

>> Clinton Calls WikiLeaks' Documents An 'Attack' On The World

The War on Drugs and War on Terror are pretty much won..

Who's winning Exactly?

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>> Who's winning Exactly?

Exactly.

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3vi1:

Or we could stop doing things that are embarrassing when leaked.

This.

Everyone quit stabbing each other in the back and then you don't have to worry about who finds out about what.

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The world is a dangerous place. The leaker(s) has committed treason, IMO, and needs to be punished accordingly.

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Super Dave:

The world is a dangerous place. The leaker(s) has committed treason, IMO, and needs to be punished accordingly.

 This is the same thing as spying except this guy had access to all of this classified information and was able to download it take it home and realease it to Wiki for his own agenda whatever that could possibly be! It is Treason! I wonder if he was paid for the Damage he is allowed to unleash to the world! Its classified information on US foreign policy and ongoing military operations that could further threaten the security of America ! Also threaten our at times  lack of trust from our Allies worlwide! And another question Who,s in charge up there in the intellegence dept apparently no one because that pretty slack that  someone at so a low rank could just download classified information.Dang we have the Pentagon, CIA,FBI and Homeland Security ! I hate to say this but are they all too busy watching who,s downloading songs!

As already stated in one post in this thread we have North and South Korea playing war games definatly bad news, an ongoing war in Afghanistan and (Pakistan) which has nuclear weapons,and which is overun by the worst of the worst terrorist, Iran with a lunatic for a president, still in Irag! Muchless some guy here trying to set a bomb off at a Christmas tree lighting!

This world is a dangerous place and Im afraid this realease of classified information just made it more dangerous! Freedom of speech is one of our greatest rights but NOT IMO at the cost of the security of America.God Bless our soldiers that are out there right now putting there lives at risk for us back home and protect them even more hopefully this disasterous leak of info does,nt further put them in danger! God Bless America and I pray that this doesnt  decide the future of our children and our great country! 

PS I,ll let you guys take over seeing how I got a little brain damage LOL no Im not stupid just 2 brain surgeries and I get long winded and cant spell right anymore so you guys can do a better job!

 

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This could be fixed for the cost of a few bullets. People who commit treason should be shot. That's all.

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Man, 2011 is gonna be a scary year for the World. With all this tension going around with the ongoing war in Iraq, Afghanistan ,Palestine, increased tension with Iran and Israel, North Korea and South Korea (and US), the US with Iran and the supposed Nuclear program ,a Drug war in Mexico that's killing thousands....

I just pray for Everyone , as human beings and hope for the best.

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SammyHayabuza:
I just pray for Everyone , as human beings and hope for the best.

Amen to that, Brother. World Wars have been started with insignificant skirmishes. 

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While I think an open government is a good thing. Secret or top secret docs should be kept that way and are that way for a reason... 

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Honestly my knee jerk reaction is to drag these people out and have them shot - they committed treason as far as I'm concerned. The main benefit of living in the US is freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and so on; but as of late the press has gone too far in a lot of areas and the reigns need to be slapped on them hard and fast. Someone needs to be made example of and why not these guys. This is a sad day for the news media in general and they (CNN, ABC, FOX, NY TIMES, WASHINGTON POST,....) should all be ashamed.

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"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court."  U.S. Constitution - Article III, Section 3.

The constitution was written by people who knew what treason actually was, because they had committed it.

Wikileaks attempted to redact the information (i.e  not give specific aid to enemies of the U.S.), which is itself not something an "enemy" does.  So, the people who leaked the documents to Wikileaks are not treasonists (though they could be judged guilty of misappropriation of information).  Obviously the New York Times and other news agencies don't see leaking the published information as treason either, because they're reprinting it.  Therefore, Wikileaks itself is not guilty of treason by any reasonable estimation. 

It appears that politicians are now trying to have Wikileaks declared an enemy so that they can threaten treason against anyone who outs said polititicians for illegal behavior.

But forget the furor over the leaks.  That's all a distraction.  People should be concentrating on the content.  Why are Rice and Clinton telling diplomats to collect DNA, passwords, and credit card information of foreign polititians?  Those acts would be incredibly illegal for you or I.  In fact, according to past wikileaks, for such a crime we might be turned over to the foreign countries... even if they knew we were going to be tortured.  Presidents of past might even offer to waterboard us on their behalf.

Does obtaining that kind of information really help us more than potentially (hah!) getting caught hurts us?  We need more diplomacy, and less espionage - particularly by agencies whose mission is not espionage (and obviously can't keep secrets).

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+1!

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"The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another -- and this is the reason why tyrants are at war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do not inform against one another or against other men -- three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny if they are powerless."

~Aristotle

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I'm sure many of you know what I do for a living. I'm not going to mess around with how these things got out. Any system based on humans can be compromised by humans.

The people who did this are traitors who deserve a life spent in Leavenworth (literally the worst prison to go to in the US). More than that I’m not going to get into.

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I'm torn on the whole thing. I like the fact that this may hold the government and elected/appointed officials accountable for what they do but at the same time it does put people at risk because it discloses a ton of information.  This is a think long and hard issue for me.

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I love how if you release information about something that already happened- you should be punished. Transparency should never be punished.

Can you not follow the paper trail? The activities are the ones putting us in danger. Don't blame the whistleblowers, then who will yell for your aid.

They aren't high level documents, top secret is actually a very low clearance. And none of them are even top secret.
They dont release documents to be trolls, they have reasons:

"On 26 November, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State, via his lawyer Jennifer Robinson, inviting them to 'privately nominate any specific instances (record numbers or names) where it considers the publication of information would put individual persons at significant risk of harm that has not already been addressed'. Harold Koh, the Legal Adviser of the Department of State, rejected the proposal, stating: 'We will not engage in a negotiation regarding the further release or dissemination of illegally obtained U.S. Government classified materials'. Assange responded in turn by writing back to the State Department that 'you have chosen to respond in a manner which leads me to conclude that the supposed risks are entirely fanciful and you are instead concerned to suppress evidence of human rights abuse and other criminal behaviour'." 

These documents will make our diplomats and representatvies look like the crooks and pricks they are. They are destructive only to their reputation. That is not terrorism. Terrorists dont call out pricks, they kill people.

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And look, INTERPOL just put Assage wanted for sexual offenses... Forgery? Really you defend these people over someone trying to help the world.

 

Anyway this will be a nice distraction from the TSA molesting our people. We must defend ourselves at the cost of our liberty obviously.

We must foot the bill for our leaders irresponsibility and foolishness with OUR freedom. 

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I think that these documents have put people in danger, they were illegally leaked, and the people who did it should be held responsible.

That said, I think the government needs to provide better protection to actual whistleblowers (not anonymous people dumping massive amounts of documents) but people who are fed up with dealing with corruption in their chosen field and want to make it public without endangering themselves or sacrificing their entire careers.  What they did was messed up, but if they had a better option I think they might have taken it.

Kind of similar to my feelings on immigration reform, sure crack down on illegal immigration, but couple that with a path to legal immigration that doesn't take until you turn 102 to complete, a bit off-topic, but same point.

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Resin:
That said, I think the government needs to provide better protection to actual whistleblowers (not anonymous people dumping massive amounts of documents) but people who are fed up with dealing with corruption in their chosen field and want to make it public without endangering themselves or sacrificing their entire careers.

While I completely agree, there is one problem with that statement.  The government would be policing the government, which is what is happening now.  Either nothing would change or there would be a huge cost to do this just to satisfy the media to make people think that everything is peachy.

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For clarities sake here is what I'm talking about:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131718295

I think if the government branches are properly separated with divisions of power, then government policing government is the best solution, if not a perfect one.

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