Wikileaks exposed hundreds of Afghan informants

posted at 8:48 am on July 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If the information on the progress of the war from the much-ballyhooed Wikileaks publication of 92,000 documents didn’t come as a big surprise to Americans who have paid attention to the Af-Pak theater, it apparently will come as a big surprise to those in Afghanistan who have worked with US forces.  Julian Assange’s leak included the names of hundreds of informants and people working with US forces in Afghanistan.  Those people will now have to be protected, and it’s not likely they’ll be replaced:

Hundreds of Afghan civilians who worked as informants for the U.S. military have been put at risk by WikiLeaks’ publication of more than 90,000 classified intelligence reports which name and in many cases locate the individuals, The Times newspaper reported Wednesday.

The article says, in spite of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s claim that sensitive information had been removed from the leaked documents, that reporters scanning the reports for just a couple hours found hundreds of Afghan names mentioned as aiding the U.S.-led war effort.

One specific example cited by the paper is a report on an interview conducted by military officers of a potential Taliban defector. The militant is named, along with his father and the village in which they live.

“The leaks certainly have put in real risk and danger the lives and integrity of many Afghans,” a senior official at the Afghan foreign ministry told The Times on condition of anonymity. “The U.S. is both morally and legally responsible for any harm that the leaks might cause to the individuals, particularly those who have been named. It will further limit the U.S./international access to the uncensored views of Afghans.”

Well, let’s make that the Americans and the Swedes.  Bradley Manning, Assange’s source within the US military, will face trial for his crimes in passing along classified material.  If any of these people get killed after their exposure, he should be charged with at least being an accessory to their murders.  But the man who actually published their names is hiding behind the skirts of the Swedish government, which allows Assange to publish classified material with no consequences.

Assange himself travels constantly to avoid arrest.  Let’s hope that strategy fails soon.  He will have blood on his hands, thanks to this despicable act.  It’s a publicity stunt for Assange, and a death sentence to people who helped us, and most likely their families as well.  And for what?  Just to learn what anyone reading Long War Journal already knew.

What will this mean for the war effort?  The US will probably have to move all of the people named in the documents and their families, which means they won’t be able to continue in their current efforts.  After this exposure, we’ll have a lot of trouble finding anyone else who wants to work with us on the ground in Afghanistan, which makes our efforts there a hell of a lot more complicated, and will probably result in more dead Americans as well as Afghans.

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Manning has a donations site for his defense?

Sick.

I’m all for a fair trial, but if he is found guilty, he needs to be punished to the full extent – no leniency.

This wikicreep needs to have a very public suspicious death, and newspaper folks over here need to be arrested and charged.

It simply has to happen this way, not just for the crimes, but to save future lives.

It probably won’t happen this way, and our intelligence overseas will be severely hampered. The scumbag left can have a new hero out on the run (Assange) and a new martyr in prison. The scumbag reporters will keep pushing, knowing they can get away with almost anything.

And Obowma will go golfing.

reaganaut on July 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Keep in mind, this is the same piece of trash that got his hands on Norm Coleman’s donor list, with personal financial details, and printed them.

I say pick him up, fly him to Afghanistan, and air-drop his pasty @$$ into the middle of it. That is the side he/she/it has chosen.

MNHawk on July 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Bradley Manning, Assange’s source within the US military, will face trial for his crimes in passing along classified material.

My ex-military husband brought up the “Treason” charge last night. He wondered aloud if we will see a public execution….

LL

Lady Logician on July 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM

No, we won’t, because O’bama will never sign the death warrant for this guy.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Speaking of the CIA…

Remember when the left got its panties in a knot over Valerie Plame being outed as a “spy”?

Funny how the left doesn’t seem to care much about outing the Afghan informants. Even though they are in far greater danger than Plame ever was.

Disturb the Universe on July 28, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Hypocrisy 101.

The Left had no problem when Phillip Agee and his fellow America-haters outed hundreds of CIA agents in the 1960s (some of whom later ended up dead).

But Val was a hot blonde who happened to be a Democrat. “Outing” her was a crime!

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

We are supposed to believe that our Intelligence Community can’t disable websites? We don’t have anyone working in cyber security?

We are supposed to believe that this Ass-ange guy is James Bond now?

We keep getting told that the material that was published is “OLD” (PSYOPS) This doesn’t effect Americans domestically but this is preparing the battlefield in Afghanistan for what comes next. It’s helped Karzai, and it’s outed Pakistani collusion with Iran, Al Qeada and their creation the Taliban.

Dr Evil on July 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

maverick muse on July 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Wow. That has to be the longest response to a 2 sentence quip I’ve ever seen.

NukeRidingCowboy on July 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Julian Assange’s leak of the informants will solve our problem with him. It won’t be long before many of the relatives of the dead informants will be on his trail.

davod on July 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

But Val was a hot blonde who happened to be a Democrat. “Outing” her was a crime!

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2010 at 10:48 AM

True, but the left also is supposed to be the champion of the Muslims and the bemoaner of colateral damage, and such.

Lots of Muslim blood on their hands here.

Disturb the Universe on July 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I’m sure the Obama administration knew, and approved. This is nothing more than a staged excuse to leave Afghanistan.

Just like Vietnam, they don’t care who gets killed. Sick, sick bastards. I swear the human race has divided into two subspecies … with the left devolving into a base, soulless version of the rest of us.

darwin on July 28, 2010 at 10:03 AM

“Peace o’ crap” Hanoi Jane escaped punishment, followed by the traitorous Kerry. Then, our fine Democrat Congress reneged re: support for the South V., leaving them and the Cambodians to the wolves to die without shedding a tear.

Keeping secrets and promises to our friends is completely conditional on whether the left is in power in this country, as there is no longer a punishment (or apparently even shame) for betrayal.

trl on July 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

ObamaCo simply has no regard for human life. Assange should be brought up on war crime charges and any American connected to this should be brought up on charges of treason. If our leaders don’t take war seriously why should anybody?

Mojave Mark on July 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM

maverick muse on July 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

That was incredible!

lovingmyUSA on July 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Lots of Muslim blood on their hands here.

And it won’t be reported. If these guys are caught (I really don’t know all the details), they will be tortured to death and their family members will be killed in a very public way, so good luck getting any new informants.

This is just another step that makes us look weak.

We are weak, we may as well admit it. Scum around the world can do whatever they want, and the US will blink (for the forseeable future).

That will change, but it’s not looking good now. Our enemies laugh at us, our rivals laugh at us, our allies don’t repect us. Barry can’t take all the blame for this either.

We have been letting officials (elected and appointed) undermine our country for a while now. They’ve colluded with enemies, tried to cut back room deals, put politics ahead of out national interests, and apologized for America(ns).

All of it screams, “Look how weak and disorganized we are!”

reaganaut on July 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Afghan citizens who have worked to help the U.S., Canada and Britain fight against the murderous, terrorist Taliban will end up beheaded. Soldiers involved in the effort will end up dead as a result of degraded intelligence, and this fairy scumbag will be protected by the Swedish government.

Great work, everyone.

Jaibones on July 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I’ll bet a SF snatch and grab is in the offing. Better yet, he just disappears with no fanfare.

a capella on July 28, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I hope to read an anxious column in Guardian UK in 6 months, with some crying Eurotwit claiming that no one has seen or heard from Assange in 4 months and he suspects foul play.

Jaibones on July 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

The ultimate irony would be winning in the war the left hated (Iraq) and losing the one they liked (Afghanistan).

WitchDoctor on July 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Assange himself travels constantly to avoid arrest. Let’s hope that strategy fails soon.

Arrest?

I think Gabriel Allon would remediate the situation more permanently.

Bruno Strozek on July 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

LONDON (AP) – WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief claims his organization doesn’t know who sent it some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghan war, telling journalists the website was set up to hide the source of its data from those who receive it.

We are all supposed to believe our Intelligence Community and Cyber Security are just dumb founded in the dark and unable to act…..Okay.

“I think” that someone was able to send this org 91,000 secret U.S. Military documents. and no one in any of our Intelligence Agencies know who and can’t take down websites with “sensitive classified material” SARC.

Am I the only one who thinks this is being orchestrated?

OLD information and it’s being described as common knowledge…etc…but it’s outing the Pakistani Governments’ involvement with what amounts to “terrorist” pick a brand Iranian, Al Qeada or their own Taliban.

The battlefield is being prepared – softened up.

What will the results be from these “wikileaks” Our Congress is still going to fund the Afghan War.

PSYOPS

Dr Evil on July 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Jaibones on July 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I think they will be fast tracked into an allied country of their choosing – visas will get issued. The C.I.A. is known for protecting their informants.

Dr Evil on July 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Julian Assange didn’t say whether he meant he had no idea who leaked the documents or whether his organization simply could not be sure. But he did say the added layer of secrecy helped protect the site’s sources from spy agencies and hostile corporations.

Ass-ange believes that he can “protect” the sites sources from spy agencies and hostile corporations….sure he can, what about former fellow hackers does he think none of them work for the U.S. Government?

This smells

Dr Evil on July 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

As I said over at the Belmont Club, those named are now nicked swimmers and the taliban are sharks. Kipling has some advice:

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.

faeroe on July 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Leaks? Whatever, call me cynical- but this seems like the most convenient way for obama to leave Afghanistan without the political fallout of a lost war. He must still think he has a shot at 2012.

abobo on July 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Assange needs to be made a hideous example of, along with whoever it was in our own government who provided the information.

I still think somebody in the White House orchestrated this, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that person is warming the chair in the Oval Office.

Dave R. on July 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM

With nearly a million Americans having Top Secret security clearances [if anyone has a better number just let me know), how secret can most “secrets” really be anymore?

Tav on July 28, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Breaking: WikiLeaks Dumps Chelsea Clinton Wedding Docs:
http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=4730

onlineanalyst on July 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM

abobo on July 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Yep – Put me down in the Cynical column too.

No one is questioning the sheer number? 91,000 leaked documents surfacing on wikileaks…..the multiple intelligence communities response- OOPS :)

The sensitivity of the documents being described as OLD.

Dr Evil on July 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I didn’t mean to be dismissive in my earlier post.

How is Assange able to avoid arrest through his frequent travels if he has to clear customs wherever he touches down?
His treachery has put blood on his hands and head.

onlineanalyst on July 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Just another self-aggrandizing adolescent “activist” POS. Like every “Peace” lover I’ve ever known, he’s a stunted child who doesn’t have a clue what sustains peace or causes war and leaves distress and death in his wake.

rrpjr on July 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Switzerland is kinda a despicable place. Want to do anything you want? Rape little girls, steal secret documents, hide all your money? Come to beautiful Switzerland!

I’ve never been to Switzerland, but to anyone who has- are these people all nuts?

TheBlueSite on July 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Manning is the one who needs to be punished. He’s the one who stole the documents, leaked them to the press. He is the only one that can be held responsible, by law.

WL + Media are just the messengers. They have absolutely no obligation to protect anyone, such is the concept of a totally free press.

Yes.. we could have a censored press. That’s what you guys are saying. But we don’t. Right now we have a self-censored press, wherein some media outlets will not publish at the REQUEST of the white house on a national security basis. But that’s just a request, the white house can’t actually follow up on it and prosecute if the NYT decides to run with it.

We always say we’re fighting to protect our freedoms, so why are you guys arguing so harshly against the basic realm of the first amendment? People have a right to publish whatever the hell they want.

triple on July 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

And obama made no move to prevent the release of these papers.

paul1149 on July 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

If any of the informants are killed, I’m sure Eric Holder will get right on it. But I’m not holding my breath.

GarandFan on July 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

“he needs to be punished to the full extent – no leniency. ”

Send him to Dubai….

flameofjudah on July 28, 2010 at 1:12 PM

After the election of Barack H Obama, I can see people on the Left as being described as Naive. I wouldn’t describe people on the Right as being Naive.

“92,000″ classified documents all came from Manning? It’s that easy to “STEAL” classified documents, there aren’t any firewalls put in place for such an easily foreseeable action – event? There are no redundancies put into place at any of our intelligence agencies to keep something like this from happening? No foresight to take action if someone was successful after the Fact?

Who helped Manning get the docs to Ass-ange? Who was the go between?

I am supposed to believe that Manning could copy them easily and upload them easily “without any detection” by intelligence agencies who’s prime mission is “Detecting” until Ass-ange was able to publish them? Okay sure that’s what I believe/SARC.

Dr Evil on July 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Ironically my spouse just flew on a swedish military aircraft in Afghanistan…

fsalw3 on July 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Assange may have finally offended the wrong people out there…the ‘activists’ to use as tactful a word as I can think of. We can only hope!

jeanie on July 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

So Wikileaks hopes to “end the war” by getting hundreds of Afghans killed? I thought that was the same thing our military was doing, the only difference being of course that we’re only interested in killing the enemy.

Self-righteous anti-war hypocrites will be the first ones up against the wall when the revolution comes.

29Victor on July 28, 2010 at 1:31 PM

I’ve never been to Switzerland, but to anyone who has- are these people all nuts?

TheBlueSite on July 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I don’t know about that, but they probably know the difference between Switzerland and Sweden there.

Merovign on July 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I think Assange needs to live a bit longer, to see and hopefully understand the consequences of his actions. If, then, he continues to be arrogant and deny his responsibility, then we really, really know what makes him tick.

At which point it would benefit him to stay away from train platforms and dark alleys, ’cause it seems a few people are pretty angry with him.

Merovign on July 28, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Assange looks like Andy Warhol’s sister.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Bradley Manning, Assange’s source within the US military, will face trial for his crimes in passing along classified material.

While I agree that all signs point to Pfc. Manning being the source, he has not been convicted. This sentence should be changed to add “alleged” in there a couple of times.

orange on July 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Julian Assange should be killed by the CIA.

NRA Lifer on July 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Julian Assange should be killed by the CIA.

NRA Lifer on July 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

If I were Assange I’d be more worried about the Pakistanis. They are fit to be tied, and Assange is sitting on more stuff.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I wonder what his wife and the feds would think if they found out he has a stash of child porn. I’m just sayin’….

afotia on July 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Julian Assange should be killed by the CIA.

NRA Lifer on July 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

He apparently moves from country to country to avoid extradition.

Wethal on July 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Bradley Manning, Assange’s source within the US military, will face trial for his crimes in passing along classified material.

While I agree that all signs point to Pfc. Manning being the source, he has not been convicted. This sentence should be changed to add “alleged” in there a couple of times.

orange on July 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

LOL, this coming from the side who refused to grant the same courtesy to the “criminals” who “outed” Valerie Plame?

In your unicorn world, they weren’t “alleged” to have “outed” Val, they were guilty of doing so even before Fitzgerald started his “investigation”.

Can I have some of your tequila?

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq which means military. He will be tried under UCMJ. There is no real form of bail under UCMJ. Regardless of outcome, he will have many hours to regret his decision.

Caststeel on July 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq which means military. He will be tried under UCMJ. There is no real form of bail under UCMJ. Regardless of outcome, he will have many hours to regret his decision.

Caststeel on July 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

If anyone dies in Afghanistan due to his perfidy, military prosecutors should go for the death penalty.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2010 at 5:19 PM

The person or persons responsible for leaking this information should be tried for treason and shot on the white house lawn.

workingforpigs on July 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Speaking as someone who has a son fighing in Afghanistan, these scumbags need to do some serious jail time, including this little gray haired worm he considers himself so high and mighty

lahlon on July 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Oh yes Julian AssHANGE alright!!!

sonnyspats1 on July 28, 2010 at 6:52 PM

If Assange were in a suspense/thriller, he would be “sanctioned” for his actions. I doubt anyone watching the film would shed tears for this low person in the film.

Sherman1864 on July 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Please for the love of GOD explain to me how the F*$% we can’t (either militarily or as a group of individuals) take this filthy piece of human excrement’s website out? Seriously.

My best friend is a 35F (Intel Analyst) in the U.S. Army and just had to sit through a crap-ton of BS about classified secrets that he ALREADY KNEW from when he had to be initially cleared to do his JOB (handling and creating some of the very reports that were leaked)to begin with!

And while we’re on it anyone wanna volunteer to be in his (Asshange’s) welcoming committee next time we hear where he’s flying to next? Preferably with a pistol in close reach to permanently deal with him?

God knows I would.

Because lets face it-if the U.S. government is unable or unwilling to do what is necessary to protect the CIVILIANS of an allied nation the rest of us should step up into the breach.

SgtSVJones on July 29, 2010 at 2:17 AM

From the WikiLeaks site (all emphasis is mine):

All staff who deal with sources are accredited journalists. All submissions establish a journalist-source relationship. Online submissions are routed via Sweden and Belgium which have first rate journalist-source shield laws. In Sweden, not only does the law provide protection against any official inquiry into journalists’ sources, but it allows a source whose identity has been revealed without permission to initiate criminal prosecutions against an unfaithful journalist who has breached his or her promise of confidentiality.

WikiLeaks records no source identifying information and there are a number of submission mechanisms available to deal with even the most sensitive national security information.

WikiLeaks is the winner of the 2008 Economist Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression award and the 2009 Amnesty International human rights reporting award (New Media).

WikiLeaks has a history breaking major stories in every major media outlet and robustly protecting sources and press freedoms. No source has ever been exposed and no material has ever been censored. Since formation in early 2007, WikiLeaks has been victorious over every legal (and illegal) attack, including those from the Pentagon, the Chinese Public Security Bureau, the Former president of Kenya, the Premier of Bermuda, Scientology, the Catholic & Mormon Church, the largest Swiss private bank, and Russian companies. WikiLeaks has released more classified intelligence documents than the rest of the world press combined.

And they are PROUD of this SHIT?! Do they have absolutely no BRAINS over in Sweden & Belgium?

I mean I’m all for more government, corporate, and union transparency but the second you release something stamped “SECRET”, “TOP SECRET”, or “CLASSIFIED”,etc you are usually ENDANGERING someone’s LIFE!

SgtSVJones on July 29, 2010 at 2:35 AM

Julian Assange – doesn’t he look the part? – a pale, dissipated,weak little weasel.

kmarie on July 29, 2010 at 5:43 AM

More evidence that libs have no idea what they are doing. Thus such individuals are dangerous to our general welfare, and other freedoms granted under the venerable documents; the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Once they start they refuse to stop and the more they declare illegal those laws that protect U.S. the more vulnerable they make U.S.

MSGTAS on July 29, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Such hypocrisy. He only takes on people he knows who believe in the precious rule of law he claims to champion. If this guy Assange is so brave and is such an “internet freedom-fighter,” I’d like to see him publish some Iranian, Chinese or Russian secret documents.

If he did, I would probably take out a life insurance policy on him and make sure the policy covered death by assassination or torture.

Doodad Pro on July 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

If there is no charge of treason followed by execution then our military is weak & stupid. Such naive stupidity that kills our soldiers & allies must be deterred. The strongest possible pressure must be exerted on Sweden – with real threats of retaliation – for Assange’s extradition.

Chessplayer on July 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

You know I don’t recall anything about killing terrorists being against the law. Assange is proving aid and comfort to the enemy by releasing these papers to the enemy and the world. How is that any different from someone in Afghanistan embedded with other members of terrorists running a web page or propaganda for them who gets caught by a missile from a predator drone? A terrorist is a terrorist regardless of his location or job in helping terrorists.

G. on July 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM

meant “providing” ^ above not proving

G. on July 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

This comes at a bad time …

According to the translation, Mullah Omar’s five-point directive reads:

1. Fight coalition forces to the death without withdrawing or surrendering; attempt to capture coalition forces whenever possible.

2. Capture and kill any Afghan who is supporting and/or working for coalition forces or the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

3. Capture and kill any Afghan women who are helping or providing information to coalition forces.

4. Recruit anyone that has access to coalition force bases and have the ability to collect detailed information about coalition forces.

5. Purchase or obtain more heavy weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and anti-aircraft machine guns.

Points 2 and 3 are a dramatic about-face for the Taliban leader. In the summer of 2009, Omar issued a Code of Conduct for Taliban forces that explicitly commanded his shadow governors and other Taliban leaders to do the opposite.

J_Crater on July 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The Obama administration should request AG Holder issue an arrest warrant out for Julian Assange. Also, I hope that Pfc Bradley Manning never see the light of freedom again, or better, his last look of life at the barrels of a military firing squad. There has to be consequences for this type of espionage behavior.

byteshredder on July 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Julian Assange should be killed by the CIA.

NRA Lifer on July 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Or at least place Assange in Guantanamo as a punching bag for the inmates R&R… might last 5 minutes.

WhoU4 on July 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

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