Months Later, Defense Secretary Gates Reveals Wikileaks Document Leak Didn't Actually Reveal Intelligence Sources
from the so-much-for-that dept
Back when Wikileaks leaked tens of thousands of documents on the Afghan war earlier this year, the US government went into full out assault mode against the organization, accusing it of all sorts of things, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates claiming that the leak had compromised “intelligence sources and methods,” leading others to claim that Afghani informants were being killed over the leaks. That became a common theme, and we had numerous commenters insist that such informants were being killed. For many, it’s now considered fact.
Turns out… it’s not. The very same Robert Gates has now admitted that it turns out no intelligence sources were revealed. The same article quotes a NATO official as saying that “there has not been a single case of Afghans needing protection or to be moved because of the leak.” Of course, considering how widely reported the claims of such leaks were, many will continue to believe it’s been proven as fact, despite the very same person who kicked off the rumors now admitting they weren’t true.