July 26th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Your view: Are the documents a national security threat?

WikiLeaks.org, a whistleblower website, published on Sunday what it says are about 76,000 U.S. military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year. (15,000 more will be added after editing out names to protect people.)

The United States "strongly condemned" their release, Pakistani officials dismissed the contents as lies, and the Afghan government expressed amazement.

National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones issued a statement Sunday calling the documents' release "irresponsible." "The United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security," the statement said.

Julian Assange, the founder of the website, denies that WikiLeaks has put troops in danger. "There have been prosecutions because of material being on WikiLeaks. There have been legislative reforms because of material being on WikiLeaks," he said. "What has not happened is anyone being physically harmed as a result." But he said he hoped his website would be "very dangerous" to "people who want to conduct wars in an abusive way."

What do you think? Some have praised the site as a beacon of free speech, while others have criticized it as a threat to national security. Should the documents be posted? Why or why not? Add your comment below.

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  1. Vanilla Gorilla

    everyone should read the book The Shield of Achilles – it might give some much needed insight to what is happening in Afghanistan and other hell holes on this planet. We live in a violent world because we are violent species. Some more then others and exhibit our violence in different ways and for different reasons. Some legitimate – some not.
    No matter how many well intended peace loving folks demonstrate, make speeches, hold up signs and light candles violence is a constant reality in our world. They live in a dream world devoid of the harsh realities across a world where violence is justified as a means to solve problems they cannot find any other answers for – and sometimes their actions are legitimate and necessary for the common good. Spreading radical Islam is not one of them. The crusades (Christian and Muslim) tried to rally folks around a common message of killing for god and look at what that accomplished.
    On a need to know basis 99.9% of us have no need to know what goes on in the fog of war – unless it has direct personal impact on us and our families – and then how much do we really need to know.
    There is a difference between arrogant imperialism, war crimes and protecting ones nation.
    We need as a nation to appreciate the fact that there is a group of people in the world that want to end our way of life and force a new one on us. These people are radical Muslims – worse then radical Christians.
    Radical Islam has no formal rules of engagement – they don't even have any central leadership. In the past we were able to identify a nation state that we would engage and hold accountable. That is not the case in todays world.
    Embrace the reality that the entire world is now having to face the challenge of a terminal cancer seeking to destroy everything in its path. The new cancer is radical Islam and we all know there is no cure for cancer. It has to be destroyed and there is no such thing as remission for an ideology – they are corrupt from birth.
    Our military and that of our allies are challenged with stopping this cancer in its various forms wherever it is – including those countries that are Muslim living under the oppression of radical Islamic rule.
    While peace on earth and good will to all men is a wonderful holiday sentiment it is a fools path to follow at this point in history. To compromise the efforts and lives of those who are trying to protect us is just a lapse in judgment.
    What possible good does it do to review after the fact covert military operations where there is collateral damage – we are at war and there are going to be causalities – it has been that way for thousands of years.
    You think there is pretzel logic is trying to understand Afghanistan and Iraq – wait until a preemptive strike is carried out in Iran.
    Let those who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us do whatever they have to do to get the job done and stop making what they do headlines for some a gullible and uneducated public to second guess.
    Unfortunately the cost of freedom is always blood – and hopefully it is theirs not ours and our children. Remember 9/11?
    The day is near where someone is going to make the most important decision in the history of mankind – the decision to use nuclear weapons. No matter who makes the decision they will have started the beginning of the end of life as we know it. My fear is that the leaders of radical Islam in Iran will force the hand of just men and there will have no other option but to destroy them.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    If You People Don't like How This Country Is... Please Leave It and Go Where You Think It Is Better!!! This is one of the Greatest Countries in the World... I am Proud that I served it did You???

    July 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nap mitty

    all actions performed in our name should be above reproach and able to withstand the closest scrutiny.

    July 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. samuel

    Wow you gutless people must be ashamed of the truth or just shocked at Americas willingness to secretly destroy and murder. So as long as we dont hear about it go ahead Uncle Sam we can live in a world candy coated for morons.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. USParatrooper

    There is no reason for the public to know what goes on in a war zone. As for some of the people that fell that obama is the greatest thing to happen to our country, you will see that he will go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever. The war in afghanistan was and still is necessary. This is the place of the world where radicals fell they can hide out and spread there terroist ways across the globe. The real problem with the war is the ROE that the current adminstration has impossed on our troops. If we are to ever see an end to this war the government needs to stay out of the way and let the troops do what they are trained to do. And the people of the world need to stop worrying about how many "civilians" get killed. That is part of war and a side effect of a country letting terrorist overwhem their country.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • samuel

      There is every reason for Americans to know what it does in their name, US paratrooer your so full of BS and brain washed, snap out of it fool.

      July 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Please tell me what good it is doing for the Americans to know right now??? Do you really think it would shorten the War??? The only thing it does is give the Enemy more of a reason to keep fighting Our Troops!!! That is the real shame of it all...

        July 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Curt99

    Since when was the truth a security threat. Oh yeah since telling the truth would mean admitting the war which began as a result of 911 was an inside job. Secrecy begets lies, which is the by far the biggest threat to the American people. long live the truth wikileaks we salute you.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I would say it was true if Bush Jr was President when the war started!!! But since Carter was President I really don't think so...

      July 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shrike

    Roy et al, you are the disease. In another time and place you would be goosestepping undesirables to the gas chambers. You are not Americans and you do disservice to our soldiers. You are the hate and intolerance from which wars are spawned. Now off with you. Go outside and pull wings off butterflies. But no more internets for you.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    If the information is false then it should be treated like any other piece of fiction.

    If the information is true then it appears that a massive number crimes against humanity have been committed and should be investigated and prosecuted.

    What I find curious is that the military is refusing to prosecute the parties that appear to have committed war crimes.

    July 27, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Do you really think the Enemy cares whether it is false are not??? They will use it against us anyhow!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JR

    The owner of this site is an egotistical, clueless idiot. Looking for noteriety, he leaks classified information of another country and justifies it to parade himself as some sort of paragon.

    The truth is, regardless of your stand on this war, leaking classified information during a time of war is soemthing that potentially could get more people killed, or have us lose it entirely.

    One man with this power? Only the completely unethical would do such a thing. I don't care about him, I care about our military and our country and getting through this harsh period of our history.

    This is one of those situations where if you are wrong, you can dramatically effect the lives of a lot of people. Only a full on narcissist would take the position that he's right.

    July 27, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. John Bivens

    In a world of corruption and few truths, exposure of this mahnitude should be embraced. Our government does all it can to "protect" it's security when really they are providing false security to Americans. War veterans are the true heart of our government, I personally know many people fighting not for our government but our people. Long live freedom in any form. Thank you wikileaks!

    July 27, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Did you ever think it was best to keep the information from the Enemy??? It is something the People really don't need to know at this time!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • John Bivens

        Indeed but most of the information is not detramental to our troops 'well being. The thing in light is the the U.S.' endless amounts of money being sunk into a country that is funding troops apposed to American support. Its war. Its time to stop sugar coating the facts, and start disreguard the PC of American politics to show the TRUTH in hopes of stopping this war. What are we trying to win here?

        July 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Netzorro

    The Truth Will Set You Free.
    The Gulf of Tonkin attack on our ships was a LIE by President Johnson and cost us 60,000 dead US troops and 1 million dead Viets.
    If that LIE had been LEAKED when it happened we would not have lost those 60,000 young men so the militrary/industrial complex could fill its coffers with gold and opium.
    Just like the militrary/industrial complex is filling its coffers with gold and opuim today in Afganistan.
    Bush/Cheney LIED about WMDs in Iraq. If that had been LEAKED when it happened 5000 US troops and 1million Iraqis would still be alive today.
    Wake up folks the terriosts are in Washington DC and have been for the last 50 years.
    Eisenhower warned of the Military/Industrial complex during his fairwell speech, anyone remember?

    July 27, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The truth you don't know what your talking about!!! That sure won't set us free...

      July 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott Erlenborn

    If we are going to lose this war, I don't know that losing it faster is a bad thing – less loss of life.

    July 27, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Stuff like that will cause more loses than less!!! The Enemy will use it against us... That sure won't shorten the war!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. observer

    National security threat? It's just to mislead atention of tax payers.

    Let's focus on the fact that US government (not only but mainly) has lied to people for over six years.

    July 27, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Revelation


    July 27, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT US??? Take off you cap lock!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Progressthroughthought.com

    Do people forget that this was the government's diary of the war? Why shouldn't we be able to see it? I don't want my government, the one I pay for, hiding things from me because they deem it necessary. We are being thoroughly lied to, constantly. We need people who are willing to expose the truth. After all, what is living in a country with good, decent moral values for if the government doesn't abide by those values itself?

    July 27, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      As long as the Enemy has a chance to use it against us!!! We are better off not to know the truth... If later on way after the war is over that might be a different story!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  16. redstar79

    Not at all. Wikileaks, your service was important one to the American people, and to the world. We are safer from the ignorance that last administration took advantage of to fool us into this imperialist war of aggression. I applaud you. We have the truth.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  17. Sam

    As a retired Navy guy, it boggles my mind that we continue to support failed policy in Afghanistan. The billions of dollars that we are squandering, not to mention loss of life and limbs of our soldiers, sailors and marines, can find better use here.

    July 27, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      What makes you think you have the right to say what those in Arms way should be doing??? After all what is the odds for anything to happen to you in the War???

      July 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lou

    1% of the population of over 300 million people own the rest of us. They divert, obstruct, obfuscated, libel and down right will do ant thing to keep their power. It is called the industrial military complex. The taliban attacked us personally and personally we Had to go and kick some ass but before we sent a trooper there plans to divert the mission were in place.
    They obfuscated the truth and abstracted fiction from fact to garner our support. At the price of American lives Humvee s were sent to Afghanistan with no armor plate. They made money and we died for lack of vision and planning.
    Maybe there was a lot more vision than you think. Traitorous acts against our troops were revealed within these leaked pages and I do not see any reason for the whistle blower to go to prison, at lest we now know exactly what is going on.

    July 27, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  19. Andy

    I am interested to know if the soldiers who killed the civilians shown on that previous wikileak video were charged in any way? I recently heard the individual who leaked the video was in some sort of trouble. What a precedent our military is setting if only one side of that coin has been reprimanded, it terrifies me that we could be creating anti-American sentiment and even future terrorists with these actions. I am assuming it isn't an isolated incident given the non-politically spun information we receive from sites like wikileaks. I am of the mind we need to put more pressure on the non-extremists in the Middle East to better police themselves (or hold them accountable for NOT doing this). We don't need to lose any more of our family members over this war, what is the criterion for victory again? Is it still oil based?

    July 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      All you see is one side of the story!!! How do you know what happen to cause it to happen in the first place??? Americans do not Kill People for know reason at all!!! They have to protect themselves so that they don't get killed... Unless you been there how would you know what they are going through???

      July 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Betweenlines

    I don't think the leaks will threaten national security. What I've seen so far shows that there are some American citizen's in the forces who have gone under the radar for having psychopathy and anger issues. Do you want to hear the truth or still pretend otherwise?

    July 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Maybe you should listen to MSNBC and CNN instead of Fox News and get the truth!!! Because the Politicians talk against what has happen... Even the Republicans!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. steve

    Like the government cares about popular public opinion. It only confirms what we already know. Christ, this country bankrupted the USSR, next stop USA.

    July 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The Government does care about the Troops fighting the wars for them!!! It is to bad Bush and Cheney didn't feel that way when they were there...

      July 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jeff

    You fools. When you turn your back on your country, what do you have left? Nothing but your weak self and the forces of evil that will consume you.

    July 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    If you are true American, you would call for the death penalty for the person who committed this treason.

    July 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Christine

    Nice lead with that first comment.

    My son was there too. He found out the TRUTHS of why we are there and it's not for the same reasons we Americans are told. We have no business in Afganistan or any other country trying to dictate rules and resources.

    We were promised TRANSPARENCY and have been told lie after lie.

    I look to the medias outside of the USA for the truth on things.

    US media is nothing but propaganda at it's best.

    Wake up America and deal with the truths of what's really going on.
    We're being taxed taxed to death just like those who came before us that fled to this "new world" for freedoms.

    We can't even board a plane anymore without being scanned and picked apart anymore. I won't even bother trying to fly anymore. Our utility rates are so high, we have to find companies that aren't federally controlled just to watch tv and have phone services.

    Our world here has gone mad. Thank goodness for other countries that want to share the TRUTH with us because we sure don't get it from our media!!!

    July 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I was in the Military and I know that those that fought in the Vietnam War and have talked with those that fought in both Afghanistan and Iraq and they don't feel that way!!! They feel that they were doing their part to make that Country better...

      July 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. TexasMrEd

    One simple word: Treason. These kinds of leaks would stop if our passive government and administration would pursue the party responsible for the leaks and then prosecute him or her to the fullest extent. And before you get on your soap boxes, you need to understand that yes, putting our armed forces in mortal danger does indeed meet the requirements for a charge of treason, which these kinds of leaks do. Pure and simple. In some countries actions such as these wouldn't even require a trial. It's time we stopped pampering those opposed to our country's policies who voice their opposition in this damaging manner. This is not freedom of speech. It is TREASON. God bless America.

    July 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I'm sure that when they say Freedom of Speech... That it didn't mean giving out top secret information!!! Even the Politicians say it is wrong... They also say the news that was given out is helping Our Enemies!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Claudia Bradley

    Wow, the reaction to the release of this info (which NO ONE, by the way, is denying) is startling. Had we had more details of this kind during the Viet Nam war perhaps we could have saved some of the 35,000 American soldiers who died there for nothing, my brother being one of them. I wonder how many of the citizens who are so supportive of these wars would be so if the draft were reinstated and THEIR sons, husbands and brothers were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan? God bless our beautiful children, family members and friends who have fought and died these last nine years in this battle but we will leave these wars sooner or later as we did in Viet Nam and have received nothing in return for our great losses. Let's hear the truth about what's going on over there so we can make an informed decision about whether or not we want to continue to spend billions of our taxes paying for it.

    July 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is because they think only of themselves and not what is best for the rest of the Country!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Thomas L.

    The government should be controlled by the people, NOT the other way around. If our government is deceiving us about this war, and our soldiers are dying for something that is a lie, this needs to come out. Remember that this is a volunteer army. Anyone who finds out that they volunteered for reasons that were lies, were risking their lives for lives, they have every right to expose it. Remember. The government is OF the people, and BY the people, NOT the other way around!

    July 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It would be if the Peoples vote counted!!! But the Few won't let the Government do what the Majority voted for in the first place...

      July 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Tim

    Freedom of information comes with this freedom thing we're fighting for.

    Unfortunately, most Americans don't even understand that. Which is why their freedoms are being slowly chipped away, replaced with the 'freedom' to shop in malls and watch 732 TV channels.

    July 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We are losing more of Our Rights by Idiots like you that think anything goes!!! Government knows what is best for the People... If you feel they aren't You have the right to vote them out!!! But in this Country the Majority is suppose to rule... But the 2 percent of the People are the ones running this Country... That is not what We fought for in the first place!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. John Hennessy Black

    Sort of kind of hate to actually inform you over-emotional, patriotic sheep, brandishing your swords, moral indignation and monolithic ignorance, posting on this blog, but: THERE IS NOTHING NEW IN THESE 92,000 PAGES, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DETAILS! The media has reported all of this before; you only have to possess the ability to actually READ, and, of course, COMPREHEND past the First Grade level…

    Secondly, our government CLASSIFIES just about EVERYTHING from toilet paper to writing instruments! Anyone functioning in the American intelligence community – another oxymoron – knows this and laughs at it daily…

    Of course, if this really bothers you cretins, perhaps you could convince President Obama to do a preemptive attack on Australia!

    July 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It should bother anyone that is a American... Because it puts Our troops at odds against them by having the information out!!! The Enemy will use it against us to get more People to fight against us... That will be a real problem to Our troops!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. kf5pv

    how many of you people commenting are prior or current military? If you are one of the two then please put it at the bottom of your post so we know how much your opinion really matters!


    July 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I said it before and say it again!!! I was in from 1959 to 1965!!! I lose a lot of My Brothers in the Vietnam War...

      July 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Bobthedog

    Someone mentioned Nazi Germany. I agree. During the war on the Eastern Front during ww2, the people of germany were constantly lied to about how bad it really was. Well, here we are again. Afghanistan has become nothing more than a big quagmire. If the Dems getus out too soon, the Republicans wills ay we are weak. So, what do they do...attempt to stay until the presdiency is guaranteed for the next 4 years. Blah lah blah. I pray for our troops and hope they come home soon.

    July 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      There is a big difference between now and WWII... We are fighting from keeping Tarriest from killing Innocent People!!! WWII the Germans were fighting to purify the World of those that didn't think Their way!!! Almost like the Tarriest and Muslin today are doing... We fought them then and are still fighting them now!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Bobthedog

    These wars are unwinnable. Publish it!!! Its time for us all to be outraged and get the heck out of dodge. The only people that the war is good for are the munitions companies. Wake up people!!!We are out of there in a few years anyhow once we go broke. Lets get our guys home quick so that we don't put another 20000 walking wounded back on the street. Afghanistan cannot be conquered. Get it.
    I love my country but are disgusted by these wars. The people no longer control the government. The government controls us. Bravo for letting us see first hand what is going on there. Long and short...our government is lying to us all. And I like Obama.

    July 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      As long as it makes People Free it is winnable!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Daniel-2

    I cannot believe the ignorance of some or bettersaid the majority of these people going ballistic over these leaks!

    July 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      How would you feel if you had a love one over there fighting??? Most of us served Our Country... We know what these Good People are going through to keep This Country safe!!! What sacrifice have you made for This Country???

      July 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Bert

    Let's use a Predator missile on the website and its offices...

    July 26, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Curious

    Part of the WIKILEAKS mission statement says:

    We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information. Historically that information has been costly – in terms of human life and human rights. But with technological advances – the internet, and cryptography – the risks of conveying important information can be lowered.

    OK...sounds good enough......Where are the leaks from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Sudan, etc. etc. etc. I guess they are the bastions of justice and fairness and need no scrutiny. Odd the US seems to be constantly and consistently singled out as the only nation worthy of the expectation of transparency and scrutiny. Humm.

    July 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is until now we were the only ones that are fighting for Freedom for All... I wonder how the World would have liked it if we stayed out of WWII??? They sure didn't complain about Our Troops dieing in that war!!! They are also fighting with us in the Afghanistan War... So I guess that is because it is a Just war!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. John

    I can not believe that these idiots from wiki actually are that stupid. This is so beyond when the retard Geraldo Rivera was drawing maps in the sand to show where our troops were! This is going to put put our troops at risk and for that reason alone whoever published this must get the firing squad! We are at war this is pathetic I have good friends in Afghanistan and i do not want any of them getting killed or injured because of some loud mouth blogger trying to get his 15 seconds of fame.. Execute Julian Assange the head of the wiki leaks or drop him off in the middle of the mountain range in Afghanistan and see how long he lasts! charge him with treason and never let him see the light of day! Then find out how he acquired the information and charge whoever leaked the info as well! Shut down the site and make an example of whoever is guilty!

    July 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. bill in pa

    We like our wars at a distance and antiseptic. We don't even like to pay for them any more. The problem is, wars are messy. We place our troops in a position few of us understand and expect them to handle the pressure as if it were just another day at the office.
    I wonder how many people commenting here have read the material. I haven't been able to get on Wikileaks since the story broke. When I do, I'll try to keep in mind the war is ten years old and I'll expect to read some horrible stuff, because wars bring out the demons in all of us.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It was a story that never should have been told!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  38. A veteran

    So, why hasn't Julian Assange been arrested and charged with treason?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jamesnyc

    I think I have stated it elsewhere; but, the people who look the worst are the Pakistanis. They look like double dealing back stabbers. It's is possible that the WH is secretly glad that this crap came out b/c it makes Pakistan look really bad.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Tom

    I hope mr assbite is assasinated.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tj

    I'm glad some of these secrets are out. Our beloved country has been lying to us>>>>> No New World Order

    July 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Will you also be glad if it kills more of Our Troops???

      July 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. OldPOP

    Relax everyone. This is normal and the information will not hurt anyone, including the soldiers in the field. It hurts the politicians and administration members more than anyone else. War is Hell.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Can You guarantee that to us??? If not keep your remarks to yourself!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  43. ScottK

    Imagine sitting down at a meal and having several dishes presented before you. Being very hungry you dig right in. Then halfway through the meal the cook comes out and says "How you like your dung beetle stuffed donkey scrotum?" Some would be furious at the cook for letting them know what it was they were eating which immediatly turned their stomach when they found out. Others would be angry at the cook for serving it to them and not telling them before hand what it contained. And others still might rightfuly be angry with themselves for not finding out what the ingredients were before stuffing it in their mouths.

    Those screaming treason for finding out what lies are really being served to them by the DoD & mainstream media are obviously angry at Wikileaks for turning their stomachs with the truth behind the lies. Others are angry that our government has not truely explained the real cost of war. And all of us should be angry and ashamed that we as a nation did not hold the feet of the Bush admin to the fire to find out the real reasons we had to invade and what their recipe for a supposed victory really was.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The People be better off not knowing what it was!!! That way it doesn't hurt anyone...

      July 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  44. sid

    People who jeopardize our security should be arrested........or worse.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. jim beranis

    Is it not a crime in this country to release highly classified information? Are we not at war? Have we lost our sense of what national security requires of it's citizens? Loose lips sink ships. You'd have been shot half a century ago for releasing such information and I believe you still should be shot. Regardless of your views on this war. Treason is unjustified here.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Blair Edwards

    they are traitors and deserve to be treated like one.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jack- Long Island

    Leaks during Wartime should not be tolerated, I have friends that have sons over there....... by publishing these papers did someone who wants to be the next "Geraldo" put these kids in further jeopardy......does this person have friends and family in harms way at this time?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. sid

    The one in charge of this website is the typical, American hater, nitwit, who hates our military. He is jealous because he cannot possible be the man ANY of our great servicemen are, so he is trying to attack them in this cowardly way.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jake

    I can't believe that anyone living in a country where freedom of the press is SUPPOSED to be important, would say the people at Wikileaks should be arrested, or anything of the sort.

    If mainstream media news was doing its job, Wikileaks wouldn't need to exist and do their job for them. People do not trust you CNN, nor do we trust any of the corporate media. You gave the power of the press away to bloggers when you stopped telling the truth and started peddling infotainment, 24/7. And now all you can do is claim that bloggers can't be trusted as legitimate sources of news, and you cast aspersions to legitimate sources of truth like Wikileaks. Pathetic.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeTheInfidel


      July 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I just wonder if they checked the information before they put it out!!! They sure haven't before with information they put out... They should be sure before they broadcast it on the air!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tom K

    This threatens our security, plain and simple. No different than Rolling Stone printing what the former General said. How could someone choose money and fame over human lives. Disgusting.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeTheInfidel

      Who the hell is making money off of this? Nobody's SELLING the information. Get over yourself.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Who knows if he sold bought the information are sold it to someone else!!! What is the difference anyhow??? The information was classified and He had know right to have it in the first place!!!

        July 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Proud Infidel

    This is the real world. Bad things happen behind closed doors because our enemies are not playing by the rules. It is nec for the security of our nation. EXECUTE THIS SON OF A $%^% FOR TREASON!!!!

    July 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeTheInfidel

      He's not an American, you utter moron. You can't execute a foreigner for treason against your country. Christ.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        You sure can if it does damage to Your Country!!!

        July 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. George Orwell

    Did Wikileaks start wars on false pretenses, fail to adequately equip and support the troops once there, and then continue to present a falsely optimistic picture of the war to the American people? These reports are not telling the Afghanis anything new except perhaps that there are people within our own military who are concerned with the way the "war on terror" is going and are willing to take great personal risks in order to get the truth out.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      What makes him better to know what should be told about the War than those running it???

      July 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Willie12345

    What a stupid question. It isn't worthy of a response.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Muaitai

    Who cares what those stone age people do, as far as I care they can kill each other based on their beliefs, support Taliban, Al Qaeda, I don't car, just bring back our men and women and that's it.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We do if it will hurt Our Troops fighting this war!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Beasterdamus

    This Administration promised "Transparency" now they've got it...

    July 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Not that way you Idiot!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  56. CATom

    I'll bet $100 that whomever leaked this info to Julian Assange was a democrat.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mdbluesky

    Do we not remember that the Taliban was the total creation of the Pakistani ISI, who took young impressionable refugees from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, gave them a fundamentalist Islamic education, trained them in small arms combat , infantry tactics, and political indoctrination techniques, and then sent them home to fill the void left after the defeat of the Soviets and subsequent abandonment of the region by the US. They did this with US dollars, and just like OBL and Al Qaeda, we are now paying the price for our imperial ambitions. All the money the US can print will not buy a clue. We have such a collective short term memory as a people and are so naive to not realize that this is a bed that we made 30 years ago. We have spent enough money in the war on terror to buy each Afghan family a home in the suburbia of their choice and enough to live on for years. Instead we repeat the same nonsense and expect a different outcome. Has anybody been able to explain just what victory looks like?

    July 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Richard

    As an attorney, I am not surprised that the Pentagon thinks these leaks are a bad thing. Nobody in the military wants Americans to know that they are sometimes liars, incompetent, or that they kill people for no good reason. We the People have every right to know what the Military does in our name. The only true threat to national security here is government secrecy.

    July 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sid

      Richard, you are like many attorneys; you have your head buried in the sand, and the only thing you are interested in, is sueing people, or trying to find an excuse to.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Like You Attorneys are above the Law!!! You have a licence to steal... I would rather trust Our Government to know what we should know than trust you to tell us what we should know!!!

      July 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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