Human Rights Groups Say WikiLeaks Endangered Afghan Civilians
"There was no consideration about civilian lives."
12:38 PM, Aug 12, 2010 • By BILL ROGGIO
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reacted indignantly when members of the press, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen questioned the wisdom of releasing more than 77,000 classified memos without making an effort to remove information that could bring harm to Afghan civilians and Coalition troops. One wonders how Assange will respond now that a group of human rights organizations are calling him to the carpet for exposing Afghans who cooperated with Coalition forces and the Afghan government:
Will Assange lash out at the human rights groups as he has at the Pentagon and the White House? That is doubtful. Assange has put a lot of effort in defending his decision to publish the classified documents and has insisted that WikiLeaks could not possibly be responsible for the deaths of Afghan civilians. Human rights groups have confronted him and said just the opposite. The removal or censoring of the memos posted on WikiLeaks would be a major admission of wrongdoing by Assange.