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There seems to be sufficient evidence provided to arrest George W Bush on an open charge of first degree murder.

Posted by: Maddogg | October 22, 2010 9:10 PM

Having served in a foriegn country, and having a relative who has served and will continue to serve also, I say anyone who does not think this information does not pose a risk to our service men and women, have no clue what those serving in a foreign countrey are exposed to.

Posted by: pragmatic7 | October 22, 2010 9:52 PM

Yes, and while we are at it let's try FDR for genocide (imprisonment and death of Japanese-Americans) and Winston Churchill for the torture and death of English Nazi sympathizers (and spies) during and shortly after WWII (actually documented and discussed here at WAPO). True these folks are both dead but their "crimes" aren't any less than what Wiki leaks has exposed.

This country (and Britain who is also all spun up about these intel reports) needs to decide what is their national interest; then elect officials that will pursue it. Or elect officials who can weigh the info given them and make critical, reasoned judgments on what is the national interest. (I prefer the later).

Mr. Assange is a petulant child disguised as a man who "fights injustice". His actions are no less "evil" just because he "bravely fights the system". He puts people in danger to stroke his ego...he reminds me of the news reporter in first Bruce Willis "Die Hard" movie, always trying to get a sensational story at the risk of Willis' characters kids or wife. And Assange would be equally as laughable except this reality with real people in harm's way.

Posted by: mil1 | October 22, 2010 10:05 PM

Wikileaks is very dangerous. They're people intent on harming the US for no good reason. The brush they paint with is always nasty, and they engage in propagandistic tactics designed to cause harm to others.

US citizens who involve themselves with Wikileaks are traitors.

Posted by: Nymous | October 23, 2010 3:08 AM

If our government now run by obama will not tell us what is going on over there, then I'm glad that someone else will.
BTW, how do you obamanites reconcile the fact that your guy is running this operation and taking aim not at the problems within the military, but at those who tell you about those problems?

Posted by: familynet | October 23, 2010 4:04 AM

Does WikiLeaks put soldiers in danger?
Lets re-phrase

Does soldiers put WikiLeaks in danger?
That is the real question. At some point in the future CIA and other dark agencies will target and even kidnap, torture & murder workers of Wikileaks out of pure revenge

It has happened before

The Iraq war pure revenge by G W Bush after 9/11. It was let go & get'em mentality of G W Bush & Co

Bush & Co have now to face war crimes

Under the UN Convention aiding & abating torture is a war crime and a lots US service men should face war crimes trials in the US.

Will this happen?

Posted by: vaders1 | October 23, 2010 4:32 AM

"There seems to be sufficient evidence provided to arrest George W Bush on an open charge of first degree murder.
Posted by: Maddogg | October 22, 2010 9:10 PM"

as far as I am concerned, you deserve a secret ops surprise...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 23, 2010 7:56 AM

The leaks and leakers are reprehensible. They deserve the worst sort of recompense for their actions.

Posted by: OttoDog | October 23, 2010 8:31 AM

" American Military/Political weakness confirmed!!
America has 'not' been damaged????"
Since we are dealing here with the WashPost the POLL results appear to reflect it's normal Liberal bias!

Posted by: realtimer | October 23, 2010 9:34 AM

Just shows the lack of real journalism by any traditional media sources. Americans were cheer-leaded into the war because of media embeds and corporate dollar signs.

Posted by: barbnc | October 23, 2010 10:00 AM

It's the war crimes of their "comrades" that puts the soldiers at risk. Don't shoot the messenger for telling the truth, put those scum that killed civilians in jail!

Posted by: Saenger1 | October 23, 2010 10:05 AM

Can someone knowledgeable remind me why was Milosevic on trial?

Posted by: HOTSPATAR | October 23, 2010 12:53 PM

The adversary already knows what US troops have done or have had done to them. Only the US public has been kept uninformed. Americans need to pay closer attention to this war, and if it's justified, to support greater effort. If the war is unjustified will not bring the desired results, then the public needs to support pulling out. The worst war crime of all is to say, "I had no idea THAT was going on."

Posted by: JKGordon | October 23, 2010 1:31 PM

By choosing to be a soldier you put yourself in danger, or aren't they told that? Wikileaks has provided what is essentially an historic account of U.S. policy in Iraq. If soldiers are endangered by U.S. policy whose fault is it?

Posted by: riburr | October 23, 2010 2:12 PM

I do hope that anyone associated with Wikileaks will be arrested upon entry into the U.S. since the Brits obviously have no balls.

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 23, 2010 7:50 PM

When any of these clowns at wikileaks want to join the front and get a little experience of real life and see the good as well as the bad and able to have knowledge of anything they print then I may want to read what they may have to say..until these pansies-wimps do any of the above they as worthless as there information,including the morons giving the info.

Posted by: rgw1946 | October 23, 2010 11:21 PM

How is it they can shut down the call girl ads on CraigsList but cannot shut down WikiLeaks? Seems someone has their priorities mixed up.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 25, 2010 12:02 AM

The Bush administration put our soldiers in danger, not Wikileaks. You might as well blame the Washington Post for the news it prints. Elsberg's Pentagon Papers saved soldiers lives. We'll never know how many. But he did the country a service.

Posted by: Keesvan | October 25, 2010 12:29 AM

This is a massive amount of data that even if it didn't contain one sensitive fact can be analyzed and reveal a lot of information about U.S. methods and operations. Its mass alone makes it sensitive.

Posted by: robert17 | October 25, 2010 1:36 AM

We are good. We fight evil.

If we make ourselves into torturing animals to win the war, then we just lost the war. We became the enemy.

Posted by: Jerusalimight | October 25, 2010 3:51 AM

So far 31% would rather hang the whistleblower than ask themselves the simple question, were I an Iraqi:

- How would I feel if my country were invaded while, myself, as an average Iraqi, I had done nothing wrong to anyone -be they Americans British or Poles and so on ?

- How would I feel if one night my daughter is raped and killed, my wife too, my chidren watching the horror and crying, and myself being hauled, hooded, beaten and bruised to the pen, with the persepective of being sodomized, electrically tortured, bitten by hound dogs, and put on aleach or on a heap of nude wreched and tortured fellow Iraqis, while laughing privates and mercs are sipping their six-packs and enjoying the show?

- How would I heal the damage done to my soul and to the souls of millions of innocents folks in my ravaged country?

To all the so-called American patriots, who sternly hold for a true: "my country right or wrong", and also make believe that they're worrying about the soldiers ' safety, you are demented, and as a human being, I wouldn't aproove of you being ill-treated, and would even take your case as a sacred cause, without hesitation, even if you make me so sick right now.

You have given off your humanity to Fox News and Brush Limbo. What a pity!

Posted by: clause-michelle | October 25, 2010 5:44 AM

Are the folks against the Wikileaks still mad about Elsberg releasing the Pentagon papers? Because we really would have won Vietnam? What happened to Mr Jesus admonition that "the truth will set us free"?

Good ole George Washington knew the deal: most secrets are to hide facts from the public, not enemies. Our "war of the week" culture must have forgotten that before WW!, there was no permanent army in the USA. How many folks work for war now? About 3 million, give or take. With all those people and all that money and hardware and business interests, we will ALWAYS end up in a war.

We average about one conflict every two years, with a few biggies like Iraq or Afghanistan thrown in for good measure. For a peace-loving democracy, we end up fighting an awful lot.

One is reminded of the Mexican American War and the Opium Wars in China, when we used the excuse of "our citizens are being oppressed" (in SOMEONE ELSE"S country) to gain land (Mexican War) and money (Opium Wars). As the world draws ever closer together, in logistical, economic and health matters, a "Spartan" style society will be less and less useful, and more expensive to maintain. Not sustainable over the long haul.

Posted by: blackmask | October 25, 2010 8:22 AM

PUT them in danger?

Uh....they're ALREADY in danger,
thanks to two war criminal presidents in a row.

Bush and Obama are the real criminals.

Posted by: solsticebelle | October 25, 2010 11:28 AM

Even General Shelton has stated in recent days that Bush officials bordered on "insubordination" in falsifying reasons for war in Iraq, or something to that effect. This illegal war we started in Iraq has endangered all western nations, and the U.S. in particular, by giving Al Qaeda a permanent recruiting tool, and by bankrupting our principles, values, and treasury in the process--all for bogus reasons. Wikileaks just confirms this fact. Meanwhile, China moves in behind us to economically mine Iraq's and Afghanistan's resources, as we provide security, in order to accelerate their economic hegemony in the world....

Posted by: dozas | October 25, 2010 11:37 AM

General and governments like the USA place people in harm's way.

didn't have to invade Iraq, folks, but the then administration bullied its way in with false allegations et cetera.

you know the drill.

so, wikileaks is just the modern equivalent of being there, seeing first hand that which the administrators of wars feel they "need" to hide from us.

Didn't most Iraqis witness this first hand?

Well then why don't we? I submit that knowing the behaviour of all the combatants in a US declared war will give americans the perspective of the mid-east they have been starved of for decades, if not centuries.

Maybe we'd begin to see how and why the mid-east sees the US.

Maybe my a**. I think seeing truth isn't only reserved for military.

So bring it on, wikileaks. Glad to see truth.

Has anyone disputed the TRUTH of these reports?


So let's see what so many sugar coat at their own discretion1

Posted by: pgibson1 | October 25, 2010 11:53 AM

Maddogg and Pgibson1 both state the case simply and clearly. Wikileaks are NOT the problem.. For American politicians and military folks, TRUTH SEEMS TO BE THE ISSUE. Wiki is only the conduit.

Even further evidence that Chimpy W. ,Darth Cheeney and their mutual Klan of whack jobs should be on trial for WAR CRIMES...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 25, 2010 12:20 PM

Vader: Does soldiers put WikiLeaks in danger?
That is the real question. At some point in the future CIA and other dark agencies will target and even kidnap, torture & murder workers of Wikileaks

= = = = = = = =

No, they won't. Which is too bad, but that's the twisted sort of world we live in. Wikileaks and everyone involved with it really SHOULD be hunted down and shot.

Anyway, their activities will cost countless people their lives, mainly civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since there will be no way to directly connect Wikileaks to these deaths, they will never be punished for their crimes.

The only difference between Wikileaks and the perfect murder is that the Wikileaks guys don't get to have direct contact with their victims before they murder them.

Posted by: ZZim | October 25, 2010 1:07 PM

Posted by: ZeZa1 | October 25, 2010 2:46 PM

I had to check the middle box, because the publication of the documents is certainly a proximal and immediate cause of increased danger, but it would seem irresponsible not to recognize that the primary causes of this increased danger are the actions of which we are becoming aware. WikiLeaks is only marginally responsible for the increased danger to our soldiers, sailors, and airmen; while it is to a certain extent their commanders' responsibility, the burden of blame must fall squarely upon the political leadership at the time.

Posted by: patrickw9 | October 25, 2010 6:47 PM

I second JKGordon

Iraqis and Afghanis know what's going on in their country and independent, investigative journalists all over the world have been reporting many of these incidents for years - they talk to the victims rather than just repeating DOD press releases. All these leaks do is make it harder for US citizens to ignore what the military leaders are doing in their name.

Many soldiers are just following orders. And now we see what they deal with and likely why the suicide rate is so high.

Posted by: InReasonWeTrust1 | October 25, 2010 11:01 PM

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