What A Bunch Of Domscheits

The messy story of how the unredacted US diplomatic cables got released online, a tale of clashing egos and sloppy data security

In the end, all the efforts at confidentiality came to naught. Everyone who knows a bit about computers can now have a look into the 250,000 US diplomatic dispatches that WikiLeaks made available to select news outlets late last year. All of them. What’s more, they are the unedited, unredacted versions complete with the names of US diplomats’ informants — sensitive names from Iran, China, Afghanistan, the Arab world and elsewhere.

SPIEGEL reported on the secrecy slip-up last weekend, but declined to go into detail. Now, however, the story has blown up. And is one that comes as a result of a series of mistakes made by several different people. Together, they add up to a catastrophe. And the series of events reads like the script for a B movie.

And mind you, this is sloppy security on WikiLeaks’ part; we won’t even begin to go into how these files ended up in their hands to begin with. How many people around the world, good honest people, are going to be murdered or jailed because of these people?

(link via HotAir)

4 Responses to “What A Bunch Of Domscheits”

  1. JeffS says:

    The Wikileaks crowd ought to be treated in the same fashion as their victims.

  2. mojo says:

    Releasing the names of active sources is a federal crime, regardless of whether it’s “accidental” or not.

    Round ’em up and toss ’em in the pokey.

    Have a nice day.

  3. nightfly says:

    Where are my espionage charges? I specifically came here for the espionage charges.

  4. Ebola says:

    I still don’t understand why the little Army puke hasn’t been charged with Treason and put to death.

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