I really don’t care one way or another about the embarrassment the leaked ‘Afghan Diaries’ cause respective governments. Given the conspicuous lack of vigour in prosecuting the war, they deserve every bit of the embarrassment thrown their way.
But if this is true, publishing the Afghan Diaries on WikiLeaks is an unforgivably malignant and stupid act, by someone who needs to be taught a harsh lesson or two about integrity.
Times of London reporters “scanning the [Wikileaks] reports for just a couple hours found hundreds of Afghan names mentioned as aiding the U.S.-led war effort.”
One specific example cited by the paper is a report on an interview conducted by military officers of a potential Taliban defector. The militant is named, along with his father and the village in which they live.
The news came as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange expressed fears he could be arrested. The Telegraph says he “has been warned by ‘inside sources in the White House’ not to return to the US as he could be arrested.”
He’s had more warning than the individuals in Afghanistan who will more than likely be identified by al-Qaeda support cells in Western Europe or the Middle East who will pore through the Wikileaks documents. The names of the traitors to radical Islam will be duly transmitted to the avengers who will then go out severally into the night to on their missions of revenge.
A small price to pay for the opportunity to score some cheap political points, you’ll all agree.