There currently are over 800,000 people in the United States of America who are cleared for top secret information. However, the Obama administration argues that we must be careful to guard our secrets in government from the roving eyes of terrorists and enemy agents. I would assume that any enemy agent would not encounter too much trouble being able to bribe at least one of those 800,000. The judge in the Bradley Manning trial is currently seeking advice from government officials regarding the punishment for Bradley Manning. Elizabeth Dribble of the State Department told the judge that government officials reacted with “horror and disbelief that our diplomatic communications had been released.”Ironically, then Secretary of State Robert Gates had a rather different slant about Wikileaks.
Gates commented: “I’ve head the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game changer and so on. I think these descriptions are fairly overwrought.” As someone who worked in an Army headquarters over fifty years ago and was cleared for NATO secret, I agree. Anytime one wanted to learn something about our “secrets” all one had to do was ask the German cleaning women.