This vast amount of classified information was collected by Private Manning on cds he took into work with him, pretending they were Lady Gaga cds. Oops.
Are you kidding me? It is really that easy to obtain classified information?
Well, it won't be anymore. The State Department has jumped on this, and is working to set up safeguards lest this happen again. As one would expect, Secretary Clinton is having to address these cables, as well as attempt to mend fences with those leaders who didn't come off too well in the discussions of diplomats as revealed.
Secretary Clinton had this to say on Monday regarding the leaks:
Secretary Clinton isn't the only one speaking out about the impact and ramifications of the recent information dump by WikiLeaks. Eric Holder had this to say:
Uh, yeah. He's not too happy about it, either, especially in terms of the safety of assets in the field. That is a real, and critical, concern.
This is no small thing, this release of classified cables, on a number of levels. Time will tell how the chips will fall from this, especially in terms of the diplomats themselves and their ability to do their jobs (a number of news commentators have focused on this critical issue, from CNN to Fox); what will happen to Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is already facing the possibility of many years in prison; and what, if anything, will happen to Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks who released this information.
BREAKING NEWS (H/T to Bronwyn's Harbor): "Interpol Issues Global Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange":
Interpol, the international police organisation, has issued a global arrest warrant for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, as the activist website continued its US diplomatic cables leaks today.
The 39-year-old Australian was added to the organisation's "wanted" list for alleged sex crimes committed in Sweden this year.
He is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion, after an investigation by Swedish prosecutors into his encounters with two women in Sweden in August.
Mr Assange has denied the accusations, with his British lawyer Mark Stephens saying last month that they were "false and without basis". (Click HERE to read the rest.)
UPDATE: UPDATE: Former President Clinton has spoken out about the recent WikiLeaks of State Department cables, too. He is concerned that lives will be lost as a result of these leaks, as well as careers ended, according to this article. He also commented on Assange:
[snip] His wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has argued that the website WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the sensitive files.
Bill Clinton says it's clear that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is trying to evade the reach of American law because he knows what he did was criminal. But he says that doesn't mean Assange has succeeded. Interpol has put Assange on its most-wanted list for a separate matter. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
Wow, that is pretty telling. It sure will be interesting to see what comes next, won't it?