Profile Facts--The United States is scurrying to warn foreign governments of potentially embarrassing revelations, in advance of a threatened WikiLeaks dump of classified diplomatic cables from the Department of State to its more than two-hundred embassies and consulates around the world. Julian Assange, the founder of the rogue whistleblower operation, announced on Twitter that the impending release of diplomatic documents would be seven times the size of the Iraq War Logs. State Department and Pentagon officials are warning that the document dump is “extremely dangerous” and could endanger lives and harm our diplomatic relations with foreign governments, including Russia during sensitive negotiations leading up to the START treaty.
State Department spokesman PJ Crowley, said “When this confidence is betrayed and ends up on the front pages of newspapers or lead stories on television or radio, it has an impact.”
Adm Mullen is concerned that the release of candid Diplomatic cables could endanger our troops. He slammed the actions of WikiLeaks as “extremely dangerous.”
“I would hope that those who are responsible for this would, at some point in time, think about the responsibility that they have for lives that they’re exposing,” Adm Mullen added.
The United States is clearly worried over leaks of embarrassing and less then complimentary assessments of world leaders, tactics used during ongoing diplomatic negotiations and revelations of previously unknown foreign operations.
CNN provides assessment of the damage from “James F. Collins, who served as ambassador to Moscow from 1997 to 2001 and is currently director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.”
“The information blitz from WikiLeaks would offer a glimpse into the worldwide communications of the State Department and its 297 embassies, consulates and missions through what commonly are referred to as “cables.” Collins says cables are the telegrams used for official instructions, reports and communications from the Department of State in Washington to its international posts as well as from those posts back to the United States. Much informal communication today is by email and other kinds of modern communications, he says, “but official instructions to the ambassador tend to come through telegrams, which an ambassador can assume have been properly coordinated in Washington.”
The more problematic diplomatic cables, if leaked, contain honest assessments of ongoing negotiations that could cause resentment and embarrassment for foreign governments.
“The most sensitive kinds of telegrams are instructions such as those to negotiators. These instructions were routinely sent to our negotiators on the START treaty or to those carrying on negotiations with allies about next steps in Afghanistan,” added Collins.
WikiLeaks is expected to dump the diplomatic documents sometime this weekend.
The WikiLeaks Twitter feed has been actively keeping tract of the preemptive activities of the United States, linking to the group’s main website asking for donations.
Why are they doing this? Besides the obvious desire to create havoc and embarrassment for the United States, the mysterious WikiLeaks founder and former hacker Julian Assange has visions of a more globalized planet.
“The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined. Keep us strong,” wrote Assange on Twitter.