July 26th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Opinion: WikiLeaks files will complicate war

The mother lode of ground-level raw intelligence from the Afghan war disseminated by WikiLeaks may ultimately bring about some good. In the short term, however, it will almost surely further undermine the U.S.-led search for stability.

Sifting through some of the 92,000 records is likely to strike an informed reader that there is nothing here that fundamentally alters his judgment about the war so much as it provides a level of granularity often missing from daily news reports.

Indeed, almost every issue has been previously reported in major news outlets, albeit with perhaps less authority than is permitted by these electronic records.

Read the full Opinion from Patrick Cronin, a senior adviser and senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

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  1. HumminBird813

    Clearly those of you who are for the leaks do not have loved ones going over there or have been there. I am 22 years old, a soon to be college graduate, vegetarian, humanitarian and a newly-wed to a soldier being deployed soon. I also consider myself quite liberal, free thinking, and also believe that the government should be more transparent.

    However, if there is any chance that these leaks could harm our soldiers they should be stopped immediately and I cannot fathom how one could support this. They will not bring an end to the war, lets be reasonable. Leak them later if so desired, but while a war is being waged please please protect our boys and girls with everything we can. I for one will do everything in my power to make sure my husband returns home to me. I'm asking you to please think about our soldiers, our fellow Americans and what hell they are going through in your support for WikiLeaks. Our soldiers are just like you and I and need our help, love and support.

    Please put your efforts into something more productive than bickering on the internet over something that could harm our forces. Send a care package, make a donation, anything. Please just don't let anything bad happen to them and don't condone things that could potential harm our men and women <3

    September 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ELTE

    Ok ... i agree .....Give them wikileaks ... a peace noble prize. i hope ... i hope ..

    July 27, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ns2000

    I am glad WikiLeaks put out this information. I now hope it will help us get out of Afghanistan soon.

    July 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    Obama promised visibity and transparency with no holds barred! Someone has accomplishe it! As a lifetime defense contractor I see nothing new here that we all knew who were/are in ths business!!
    We the people deserve to know , what most already did know, that this so-called war is pure folly and totally unwinable, whatever WIN means .!
    Hooray for whomever gave us this info, WE THE PEOPLE need!
    Get out NOW!

    July 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Extremely well put.bill.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom Posey

        I second that!!! It's refreshing to know that not everybody is a right-wing nut case with so many people going ballistic over these Wiki leaks.

        July 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nabi18

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/if-it-is-extreme-it-is-not-islam/

    July 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Houle

    It's the government's responsiblity to protect its secrets, both from release and down-the-line use/publication. Close the leaks, prosecute severely the leaker(s). And concurrently go after whoever has access to the material and deprive them of their access and use. Why can't the NSA shut this operation down? Covertly, of course.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Right on Bob Houle,right on!!!

      July 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    it seems apparent someone is trying to game the system. Who is behind these leaks?
    What are they trying to accomplish? Why would ISI behave in this way, if indeed they are? This needs a deep objective investigation. We are all being manipulated, but why and by whom? to what end?

    July 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Isn't it possible to charge the WikiLeaks with treason? After all, disseminating classified materials without proper clearance is a crime.

    July 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Beall

    Is it not possible to expect our government to charge the person responsible for the release of the wikileak matertial with treason?

    July 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Take your Valium now, please.

      July 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      Not to mention the guy's Australian, not American.

      July 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |