Speaking today on NBC’s “Today” show, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs issued a call for whistleblower organization WikiLeaks to stop doing whistleblowing, and to keep the further leaks reportedly in their possession to themselves.
“I think it’s important that no more damage be done to our national security,” Gibbs insisted. WikiLeaks released some 92,000 classifed documents related to the Afghan War on Sunday, and founder Julian Assange has confirmed that they have another 15,000 documents in their possession, still awaiting review.
Though most of the documents released so far have been field reports, many detailing violence against civilians, Assange told Antiwar Radio that the remaining documents contain more intelligence reports.
The administration has angrily condemned the releases, with Joint Chiefs chairman Admiral Michael Mullen suggesting Assange may have “blood on his hands” for releasing the documents to the public.
Though the WikiLeaks releases have proven to be a major embarrassment to the military, underscoring how often they have testified to Congress about “progress” in the endless Afghan War while realizing how much worse the reality on the ground was. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said the military may target Assange and WikiLeaks in their investigation of the leak.
It seems unlikely, however, that the Swedish based whistleblower group will agree to stop whistleblowing either because the Obama Administration has asked or because they fear Pentagon reprisals.