Thursday, January 20, 2011

Government Admits to Lying About Wikileaks Repercussions

Reuters: U.S. Officials Privately Say WikiLeaks Damage Limited

A congressional official briefed on the reviews said the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations had seriously damaged American interests in order to bolster legal efforts to shut down the WikiLeaks website and bring charges against the leakers. [..] "We were told (the impact of WikiLeaks revelations) was embarrassing but not damaging," said the official

In other words, they lied to the public to bolster their legal case against someone who had publicly embarrassed them. Well, color me surprised.


  1. I wasn't surprised, either. If anything the cables were a lot more embarrassing and damaging to other governments.

    This idea that they had to "take the position" in order to bolster their prosecution does seem a little odd, though. I assume that if the question of damage to national security really was a factor in court, there would have to be more objective evidence introduced than some vague pronouncements from the White House.

  2. Indeed, it seems the only reasonable conclusion to draw is that they don't have anything substantial against him, hence they resort to nebulous allegations.