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1. The Ethics of WikiLeaks

I have to confess that I was not familiar with the Web site WikiLeaks until last April when it posted a video that purported to show U.S. forces killing Iraqi civilians. Then in July, the site released an Afghan War Diary that included nearly 77,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan, many of which had been classified documents, and some of which allegedly reveal wrongdoings by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter, Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old U.S. Army intelligence analyst, was arrested for leaking the documents. It’s not clear at this point whether Manning was responsible for the leak or what charges the government might eventually bring against him.

Tags: Wikileaks, Bradley Manning, documents, classified, Pentagon, U.S. Army, al Qaeda, Taliban, war crimes
By Terry R. Bacon

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Miss

Very well said, Terry. As the shocking news begins to sink in, all the potential ramifications bubble up. If this were not enough to digest on the day-after, his identified cabinet selections exacerbate each frightening possibility.

November 10, 2016, 9:29 AM
Mike Speltz

Of all the campaign promises Trump has made, none is more fraught with danger then his promise to "cancel" the Paris agreement on climate change.

November 10, 2016, 12:12 PM
Bruce Hyland

Down here in New Zealand, there is, as elsewhere, shock at Trump's election. Your thoughtful words are a relief to the harsh rhetoric that has ensued over the past year or so. Vested interests in all societies need a shake up from time to time so that they reflect the public sentiment. Shake them too violently without regard to the public though has serious consequences. Let's hope that can be avoided.

Regards to you and our mutual friend Dan

November 10, 2016, 10:04 PM
KFreiberger and LAlthouse

Excellent article, Terry. You've said it the way it is!

November 11, 2016, 6:34 PM
Anna Pool

Thank you for bringing an element of sanity to a completely insane experience.

November 13, 2016, 3:21 PM
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