Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Shooting the Messenger (Wikileaks)

If it was not Wikileaks, it will would have been another site. The next series of leaks will find their way to another Web site. That's the world we live in.

Last month's release of 250,000 confidential documents is less about putting government documents into the public domain than it is about pain old embarrassment. For the most part, these documents tended to validate what most people already knew.

Listening to the politicians, they are "outraged." They want Julian Assange extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges. He is nothing more than the face of the Wikileaks crowd. Its like assuming a capture of Osama bin Laden will put a dent in terrorists activities. The leaks will continue to be published with or without Assange. (Sounds like without as he is being head in London for not wearing a condom while in Sweden.)

The real Wikileaks story is the lack of security at the Department of Defense, State Department, and other federal agencies. If these records are so confidential, then those tasked with their safeguarding have bitterly disappointed. If heads need to roll, it out to start with Secretary Clinton and those high up in the agencies.

Shoot the messenger. Deflect the blame. Ignore the elephant in the room. It should be about leakers not the messenger. It is paparazzi in another form.

The impact from this set of leaks will be minimal from an operations and human toll. What it will impact is America's reputation as a nation that cannot protect secrets.

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