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Re: WikiLeaks plans 'major' announcement within hours as Pentagon bracesfor massive Iraq war leak

Released on 2012-02-28 15:00 GMT

Email-ID 379356
Date 2010-10-22 21:15:37
DOD and DHS are the problem.

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From: James Casey
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:39:34 -0400
Subject: Re: WikiLeaks plans 'major' announcement within hours as Pentagon
braces for massive Iraq war leak
This is why...........even though the FBI is always the first to be
criticized for not playing nice-nice in the sandbox.............the
concept of "widely sharing of information" is not always a great idea.
For a number of years I have used the very example of "a slick sleeved
private, siting in a tent in Baghdad, looking at thousands of classified
reports on SIPRNET", as a bad way to business. Even I didn't think that
was going to be the exact scenario that has played out with this WikiLeaks
fiasco. Maybe everybody at the DNI and DHS who have been pimping the
"share by rule, withhold by exception," concept for the last nine years
will change their tune a little, and acknowledge that "need to know" is
still a valuable idea.

-----Original Message-----
From: Fred Burton
To: 'James Casey'
Sent: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 1:16 pm
Subject: FW: WikiLeaks plans 'major' announcement within hours as Pentagon
braces for massive Iraq war leak


From: Fred Burton []
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 12:15 PM
To: 'Tactical'
Subject: WikiLeaks plans 'major' announcement within hours as Pentagon
braces for massive Iraq war leak
By PAULINE JELINEK and RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writers
LONDON - The WikiLeaks website is poised to release what the Pentagon
fears is the largest cache of secret U.S. documents in history - hundreds
of thousands of intelligence reports that could amount to a classified
history of the war in Iraq.
U.S. officials said Friday they were racing to contain the damage from the
imminent release, while NATO's top official told reporters he feared that
lives could be put at risk by the mammoth disclosure.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said any release would create "a very
unfortunate situation."
"I can't comment on the details of the exact impact on security, but in
general I can tell you that such leaks ... may have a very negative
security impact for people involved," he told reporters Friday in Berlin
following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In a posting to Twitter, the secret-spilling website said there would be a
"major WikiLeaks announcement in Europe" at 0900 GMT (5 a.m.
EDT) Saturday. The group has revealed almost nothing publicly about the
nature of the announcement.
Meanwhile, a team of more than a hundred analysts from across the U.S.
military, led by the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been combing through
the Iraq documents they think will be released in anticipation of the
Called the Information Review Task Force, its analysts have pored over the
documents and used word searches to try to pull out names and other issues
that would be particularly sensitive, officials have said.
The task force has informed U.S. Central Command of some of the names of
Iraqis and allies and other information they believe might be released
that could present a danger, officials have said, noting that - unlike the
WikiLeaks previous disclosure of some 77,000 documents from Afghanistan -
in this case they had advance notice that names may be exposed.
Once officials see what is publicly released, the command "can quickly
push the information down" to forces in Iraq, Marine Corps Col.
Dave Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman, said Friday in Washington.
"Centcom can jump into action and take whatever mitigating steps"
might be needed, Lapan said.
While the latest WikiLeaks revelations may not change public perceptions
of the Iraq war - it has been extremely unpopular in Europe and divides
opinion in the United States - they could provide new insight about a
conflict that seemed headed for success after the invasion in 2003 before
descending into a yearslong, blood-soaked struggle.
The documents could shed light on the root causes of the insurgency, for
instance, or the growth of sectarian violence that blighted Baghdad and
other Iraqi cities. It may also give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some
of the major episodes of the war - like the manhunt for insurgent chief
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, or the killing of U.S. security contractors on March
31, 2004, by a mob in Fallujah, an incident which ultimately led to the
U.S. assault on the Iraqi city.
Wikileaks' previous release in July of secret war documents from Iraq and
Afghanistan outraged the Pentagon, which accused the group of being
irresponsible. Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that leaks of this nature "may
put soldiers as well as civilians at risk."
It appears that those fears - which the military has invoked in its appeal
to WikiLeaks and the media not to publish the documents - have yet to
materialize. A Pentagon letter obtained by The Associated Press reported
that no U.S. intelligence sources or practices were compromised by the
Afghan war logs' disclosure.
Still, the military feels any classified documents release can harm
national security and raise fears for people who might consider
cooperating with the U.S. in the future, Lapan said.
Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007-08, said the disclosures
would be more worrisome if the U.S. were still fully engaged in combat in
Iraq - but he still sees it as a major problem.
"I'd really be worried if - as looks to be the case - you have Iraqi
political figures named in a context or a connection that can make them
politically and physically vulnerable to their adversaries," he told a
conference Friday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in
"That has an utterly chilling effect on the willingness of political
figures to talk to us - not just in Iraq but anywhere in the world," he
Jelinek reported from Washington. National Security Writer Robert Burns in
Washington and Associated Press Writer Melissa Eddy in Berlin contributed
to this report.

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