The Pentagon is chasing a losing battle, demanding that WikiLeaks return all of its documents that it leaked to the press about the Afghanistan war – even though they’ve been reported in the press and now in the public domain.
We guess the Pentagon doesn’t “get” the internet. Once something’s out there, it’s out there – and with the amount of secure servers WikiLeaks operates, in safe countries such as its main server in Sweden, there’s nothing to prevent WikiLeaks from handing the documents elsewhere even if the Pentagon gets its way.
Spokesman Geoff Morrell acnkowledged this, but ignored his own advice by going ahead and asking WikiLeaks to “do the right thing” anyway. The Pentagon asking WikiLeaks to “do the right thing” is like stabbing someone in the stomach and requesting that they kindly donate their blood to a bloodbank.
In a tweet, Wikileaks said that Mr Morrell is “obnoxious” followed by another saying that now would be a good time to send WikiLeaks “all of your money”.
The US says that the documents being in the public domain put Afghan informers and soldiers’ lives at risk – unlike, of course, loaded guns and wars. It says that the leaked documents are the US’ rightful property and it’s dead mean of WikiLeaks to take them.
WikiLeaks has said on its Twitter feed that it is examining the Pentagon’s request and will be issuing a statement in due course. It also said that the Pentagon is using “rhetorical tricks” to fool reporters through no direct contact – aggreing to use the New York Times as a relay. The whistleblowing website claimed that the Pentagon’s statement was a “formal threat” – “destroy everything, or else.”
We have a feeling that WikiLeaks won’t be sympathetic to the Pentagon’s cat-calls, particularly after Bradley Manning, alleged source of leaks, has been villanised by the US government with one congressman calling for him to be legally murdered.