The State Department is warning some people that they are at risk due to exposures in WikiLeaks, and even moving some. But are people really at risk, or is this just a propaganda move to vilify those that have embarrassed people who should be embarrassed over their behavior? In my opinion, the latter is the truth.
The State Department is warning hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and businesspeople identified in leaked diplomatic cables of potential threats to their safety and has moved a handful of them to safer locations, administration officials said Thursday.
The operation, which involves a team of 30 in Washington and embassies from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, reflects the administration’s fear that the disclosure of cables obtained by the organization WikiLeaks has damaged American interests by exposing foreigners who supply valuable information to the United States.
Administration officials said they were not aware of anyone who has been attacked or imprisoned as a direct result of information in the 2,700 cables that have been made public to date by WikiLeaks, The New York Times and several other publications, many with some names removed. But they caution that many dissidents are under constant harassment from their governments, so it is difficult to be certain of the cause of actions against them.
The officials declined to discuss details about people contacted by the State Department in recent weeks, saying only that a few were relocated within their home countries and that a few others were moved abroad.
The State Department is mainly concerned about the cables that have yet to be published or posted on Web sites — nearly 99 percent of the archive of 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks… [emphasis added]
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When all the bull is stripped away, State is not responding to anything that has happened. They are reacting to what they fear might happen. So far, the news organizations distributing the materials released so far have done an excellent job of redacting the names of people at risk, but State could ensure that such people are kept safe by helping the news organizations identify items that really would put individuals at risk and/or really would threaten national security.