Thursday, July 29
Washington (CNN - July 29) -- The top U.S. military officer said Thursday that Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, was risking lives to make a political point by publishing thousands of military reports from Afghanistan.The blood of some young soldier or Afghan family on his hands? Huh? Never before in the annals of warfare has a government paid another to murder its soldiers. How much hand-washing does that involve?
"Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family," Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news conference at the Pentagon.
In equally stern comments and at the same session, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the massive leak will have significant impact on troops and allies, giving away techniques and procedures. ...
Why didn't you speak up when you learned of Pakistan's role in the murder of American troops? Didn't want to lose your pension, was that it, or spend the rest of your life in a military prison? Why didn't Gates speak up? Or was this your idea of serving your commander-in-chief and the nation?
By God, if Assange and Manning are going to hell, they'll meet the whole lot of you there.