Inside The Box: WikiLeaks Releases Sensitive U.S. Documents

Bristling over the unauthorized release of more than a quarter million classified State Department documents, the Obama White House on Monday ordered a government-wide review of how agencies safeguard sensitive information.

The U.S. documents contained raw comments normally muffled by diplomatic politesse: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pressing the U.S. to “cut off the head of the snake” by taking action against Iran’s nuclear program. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi described as “feckless” and “vain.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed as “risk averse and rarely creative.”

So what do you think about WikiLeaks revealing all those classified documents? Do you think it will put our country at risk…or do you feel it’s information we deserve to know?

Step Inside the Box and have your say.

  • Mike

    Dear WCCO,
    Although the Wiki leaks publication of government documents is challenging, the loss or erosion of our 1st Amendment rights would be a much worse outcome for the United States.
    Much, maybe most of the success of the USA has been the result of our Constitution and the protections it provides.
    Maintaining the integrity of our precious Constitution is a lot more about protecting our way of life than it is those who use those rights in inappropriate ways. We should celebrate our freedom of the press, freedom of free speech and protect this right, even if someone like Wiki leaks uses this right in a questionable way. The soldier that provided the documents violated his oath to our government. Wiki Leaks has the right to publish under our 1st Amendment rights. Censoring Wiki Leads would be a dangerous precedent leading to more censorship.
    Mike, St. Paul

  • James

    This is embarrassing. These comments never should have been gathered in one place anyways. If the leaders of our country thought these things, they should have kept them out of official documents. Blaming wikileaks for a threat to our country is just wrong. THEY are to blame for any backlash this brings because THEY are the ones that said it and put it into official documents. Wikileaks is not to blame for any backlash that happens.

  • Sam Woodman

    Wikileaks is one of the last remaining bastions of true freedom of speech and information – They are not terrorists; they are the mirror in which our government is forced to take a long, hard stare at all of its hypocrisy and deceit.

  • John G.

    I think it’s great that wikileaks is releasing this “confidential” information. We as citizens of large government countries have been losing control of the people we pay to run it. I think it’s getting to the point where government would make the white house christmas tree confidential or top secret information if it could. Our public appointed employees need a panel of non-government people with integrity to oversee what the public appointed employees are classifying as top secret or confidential. We the people have the right to know what our government is presently doing not what they did 50 years ago or by the time the ones who committed any atrocities are deceased, ex: JFK, UFO’s, 3rd world exploitation, etc…… Things need to be changed! I want to know what my tax money is going towards.

  • bridget

    I hope the liberals tear each other to shreds on this one!!! Can’t think of nicer people who deserve it more!!!

    • Phil

      Hi Bridget
      Saw you the other day at the mall. are one big girl Bridget!!! Plus your face is full of acne. I feel sad for you. I used to get angry by your viral hate speech…but after seeing you in person, i just feel bad. No male in his right mind would touch you with a ten foot pole. Sorry sweatheart…better luck in the next life. On the positive side…i totally agree with everything you say now. If i was as fat and ugly as you…i would hate everyone and everything too. Its amazing you put up with life for this long now…congrats!!!

  • Kari

    This is a classic example of how we have come to take our freedoms for granted. We are putting our country’s safety in jeopardy by putting this information out there. The same types of people who stole these documents, will also be the first to complain when our troops feel the repercussions. All because of someone typing away safely behind their computer. People just don’t think about the consequences of their actions anymore.

  • richard

    This just shows how unsafe our country is now. The muslims are weakening it from the inside out!!!

  • Dick Saunders

    More attention and comment is being given to the content of the leaked documents than to the person or persons responsible for the breach of security within our government. When will the names of those people be revealed? That is what I want to know!

  • Joyce

    This country must have the worst security of any place in the world. First the russians steal all our nuclear secrets, then they steal our submarine secrets. Then our so called excellent “CIA” can’t find ben-layden to kill him & now all these secrets being printed out in this party line for the world to see. First off, why is all these private discussions being recorded on hard copy & if they are being recorded why aren’t these document destroyed, then we wouldn’t have any incriminating stuff laying around that some sleezeball can see for a buck or two. Second, don’t advertize the fact that the sleezeball is known just silently grab the person, transport him a couple hundred miles out in the ocean, shoot him & feed the fish with him.

  • scott

    Wiki Leaks has the right to publish under our 1st Amendment rights? Since when is someone who is not an American (or not even in America) that runs a non-American company (Wiki Leaks) who is targeting to let out American secrets and “what not”, covered under our 1st Amendment rights? FYI – he is also globally wanted for questioning in reguards to a sexual assult. I also hope that the Army PVT (or Specialist) who is being detained over this, is tried for treason.

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