WikiLeaks Putting Lives at Risk

The State Department has warned the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks that its expected release of classified U.S. documents would endanger countless lives, jeopardize American military operations and hurt international cooperation on global security issues.

The department’s top lawyer urged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a letter Saturday to keep classified documents off the website, remove records of them from its database and return any material to the U.S. government.

Lawyer Harold Koh said the department has learned that WikiLeaks provided about 250,000 documents to The New York Times, The Guardian of Britain and German magazine Der Spiegel.

Some media reports indicated the news outlets may post stories on the documents as early as Sunday and said they have also been given to newspapers Le Monde in France and El Pais in Spain.

Koh wrote that publication of the documents would “place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals” as well as military initiatives and cooperation between countries to confront problems from terrorism to pandemic disease.  Read More…

This article has 20 Comments

  1. shanport8

    Let me see an egomaniac and a punk/geek Marine exposing some little known critical knowledge by selling it to a few hard up rag newspapers. Bet they wont be letting that happen again.

  2. Sterling K

    I’m making my popcorn now. Very excited to start combing through this thing!

  3. Gavin Sexton

    Well we now know what 24/7 news cycle will be all about tomorrow.

  4. Hudson M.

    Where can i get the coles notes on this?

  5. Ryan Van Blarcom

    Its very likely that the documetns will center around the U.S but will very likely include many other countries.

    I just hope Canada isn’t one of them. In the worlds eyes we are viewed as innocent, big-eyed, do-no-wrong people.

  6. Cliff S.

    Just read that WikiLeaks is getting a massive Denial of Service attack on it.

    I cant even check this site!

  7. Ansley

    We’re going to have a very heated debate at school tomorrow about all of this.

  8. Dimitri Briggs

    Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Marco K.

    And once again the Heros come out fighting against the Evils. Thank you Wikileaks.

  10. Angus Talley

    Contrary to the title of this article i don’t consider the site putting lives at risk. It is our governments that are putting these lives at risk by doing such covert and ILLEGAL activities.

    Wikileaks is only trying to make the world right, not perpetuate the wrong.

  11. Beckett

    I really hope more sites like this open up. I think governments will think twice or three times before they start doing illegal things behind closed doors now that they have watchdog groups like this.

  12. Kristopher A

    I am guessing the U.S. did even more atrosities than they let on. Is anyone really surprised?

  13. Randy

    Corey: Don’t worry none of my family members knew too despite telling them early last week. I never get listened to.

  14. Corey A.

    I must be the only one on earth to not have heard about this until now 🙁

  15. Tyrel L

    Wow this thing, whatever it is, is 7x larger than their last? This is insane.

  16. Landen C

    @dave – People submit secret documents to them and they then go about confirming its accuracy before releasing them to the public.

  17. Dave

    How do they keep getting these scoups?

  18. Yamin Reilly

    I cant believe how it takes a website to make governments to do the right thing. Disgusting.

  19. Jamin

    This is HUGE! A lot of countries around the world, especially the US are going to look really bad.

  20. Savon Hammonds

    Assange should get a nbobel price for all his work!

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