Defense Secretary Robert Gates backtracked on the impact that the unauthorised release of some 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war has had on the US war machine.
Gates has said that the leak did not reveal sensitive information.
According to Reuters, Gates said that leak could endanger Afghans who helped the United States. However so far there have been no indications that anyone has been bumped off as a result of the leaks.
In a letter to Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gates said that there was “nothing to see here, move on please.”
“The initial assessment in no way discounts the risk to national security but the review to date has not revealed any sensitive intelligence sources and methods compromised by the disclosure,” he wrote.
However he added that disclosing the names of cooperating Afghans, who could become targets for the Taliban, could cause “significant harm or damage to national security interests of the United States.”
This is a turn around from the US military policy of screaming blue murder since the leaks claiming that revealing that the US had death squads and fudged the number of civilian casualties, would somehow end Western Civilisation.
It means that one thing was being said publicly while privately the US military did not care that much.