The White House on Monday warned media outlets against publishing information contained in the top secret documents leaked from the Pentagon and other US government agencies that have surfaced on the internet.
“Without confirming the validity of the documents, this is information that has no business in the public domain,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“It has no business, if you don’t mind me saying, on the pages of — front pages of newspapers or on television. It is not intended for public consumption, and it should not be out there,” he added.
The documents first surfaced on Discord, a messaging platform mainly used by gamers, and most appear to be authentic as the Biden administration is scrambling to control the leak. Kirby admitted that the administration has no idea if more leaks are coming.
“We don’t — we don’t know what’s out there … We don’t know who’s responsible for this. And we don’t know if they have more that they intend to post. So we’re watching this and monitoring it as best we can,” he said.
Also on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin vowed to “turn over every rock” to find the source of the leaks. “Now, I can’t say much more while the Justice Department’s investigation is ongoing. But we take this very seriously,” he said.
Some of the leaks show the US’s war plans for Ukraine and expose that Washington believes Kyiv is running out of air defenses and won’t be able to gain much ground in an expected spring counteroffensive. The leaks also expose the US spying on its allies, including Ukraine, Israel, South Korea, and Hungary.