A furor of anger has arisen over release of 75,000 documents which include the names of individuals who were working with American military forces in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, accused Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, of having “blood on his hands” because he allowed names of Afghans working with NATO and American forces to be released and thus placed them at risk of being killed. Of course, there is another way to respond to the release of names. For example, if a secret service agency has informers, isn’t it the responsibility of those in charge to make certain those names could never be known to the outside world? Assange argues, “We are appalled that the US military was so lackadaisical with its Afghan sources.” The one at fault is not the reporter who reveals the name, but the supervisor who allows the name to be revealed.
The American people have been lied to for nearly nine years and have displayed great patience with leaders who refuse to tell the truth even though over 5,000 Americans have died in these wars. There would be no furor over “leaks” if our leaders would openly discuss issues and avoid creating misunderstanding within the nation. Secretary Gates, the fault lies not in Wikileaks, but in yourself.