The Obama administration is racing to limit the damage from what some are calling the “most damaging disclosure of secret documents in decades.”
According to online reports, 220 secret documents — part of a cache of a quarter-million American diplomatic cables — were uploaded to the Internet late Sunday night by Wikileaks.org, an international organization of journalists and others dedicated to revealing secret documents from anonymous sources and leaks.
According to the NY Times, the disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.
The White House said the release of the “stolen cables” was a “reckless and dangerous action” and warned that if released in full, some of the cables could disrupt American operations abroad.
The cables, which document communication between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates around the world, reveal, among other things, the bargaining that went on between Obama and the world to accept prisoners from Gitmo.
Emptying Guantanamo Bay was at the top of Obama’s list of priorities when he took office in 2009. Freeing the terrorists ranked even higher on Obama’s list than providing relief to homeowners as he’d promised on the campaign trail.
When American diplomats pressed other countries to resettle detainees, they became reluctant players in a State Department version of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees…
Another revelation, that Saudi donors are the chief financiers of Al Qaeda, comes as no surprise. The 9/11 terrorists were bankrolled by Osama bin Laden, the Saudi billionaire who founded Al Qaeda.
The White House warned, “We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.”
About 11,000 of the leaked documents are labeled “Secret,” but none are marked “Top Secret,” the government’s most secure status.