Thursday, March 10, 2011

Traitorous! The homosexual US Army soldier accused of leaking classified data to Wikileaks has been charged with aiding the enemy. I agree with this charge. When I was in the US Army we received constant briefings on the importance of keeping secret information secret. We were told of the penalties and the national security repercussions of releasing classified information. I would never have released confidential information for many reasons.

The handling of classified information is a public trust. Releasing that information is a betrayal of that trust. Classified information can be released if you are the proper authority. There are many reasons to release classified information but some private does not have the authority to make those kinds of decisions. Often the release of specific information can endanger the lives of individuals, compromise on-going operations, ruin the reputations of those who are providing the US with information, and otherwise damage the reputation and operations of the US military and government.

The person who takes in on himself to release classified information is potentially providing information to our enemies that may cause Americans or our Allies to be killed or injured. They are potentially giving operational information to our enemies that can make it harder to spy on them in the future. They can create a feeling of mistrust with our allies that we will not keep secret information they tell to us that they don’t want released. The release of classified information is not a right, it is a responsibility. Those who take that responsibility on themselves need to be held responsible; that’s the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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