Friday, 22 October 2010
The fact that the left-wing media in America and Britain isn't united in disgust at these leaks tells us a lot about their own attitude to the war and to their national security. If left-wing media outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times didn't publish these leaks, then there wouldn't be much of a story. It would still be a danger, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as bad. This isn't a First Amendment thing, this is a personal responsibility issue. NYT etc have not shown any responsibility.
Yes, the Iraq war is over, but there is a lot that still should not be being released. This isn't like revealing stuff about the Korean War or whatever, the situation in Iraq is still current, and those at Wikileaks have endangered people just to advance their petty political agenda.
These points are not unique and will be repeated ad nauseam over the next few days. The point I wish to make is that we Brits should be offended by this as well. Britain was a central figure in the War in Iraq, and a security breach against America very quickly becomes a security breach against Britain as well.
As a result, Britain shouldn't let America fight these loons on their own. David Cameron or William Hague should be out first thing tomorrow condemning this outright. They should state that this put lives at risk, both Iraqi lives and British lives as well as American lives. Finally, they should tell the public just how damaging security breaches are, and make it clear that this sort of childish, but dangerous behaviour will not be accepted, and that the British government will seek prosecution of these morons.
Wikileaks are beginning to turn this sort of dangerous tactic into a regular occurrence, and both Britain and America have to stop it as soon as possible. The security of Iraq, Britain and America depends on it.