David Kirkpatrick

March 17, 2010

The US military looked into undermining Wikileaks

And the modus operandi was mostly going to be a propaganda and sabotage effort to attempt to discredit the organization.

From the link:

In an ironic twist, Wikileaks has now published what appears to be an assessment of the site and the danger is poses to US military confidentiality, apparently from the US Army and Counterintelligence center and dated 18 March 2008.

Most of the report is a measured analysis of the site’s activities, modus operandi, funding and history, which then details numerous documents allegedly leaked to Wikileaks relating to US military activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond that it sees as having handed intelligence to agencies hostile to the US.

Not sure if this is illegal, or not, and certainly there are national security issues with any military leak, but this type of covert action sure feel unAmerican.

Also from the link, here’s the lovely company our military was hoping to join:

A justification for following this course of action is considered to be that other countries have attempted to do the same.

“The governments of China, Israel, North Korea, Russia, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and several other countries have blocked access to Wikileaks.org-type Web sites, claimed they have the right to investigate and prosecute Wikileaks.org and associated whistleblowers, or insisted they remove false, sensitive, or classified government information, propaganda, or malicious content from the Internet,” says the report.

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