Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WikiLeaks: What's all the fuss

Andrew Exum, a former Army officer who led a small special operations unit in Afghanistan from 2002-2204, has an excellent editorial, "Getting Lost in the Fog of War" in the New York Times today:

"I’m a researcher who studies Afghanistan and have no regular access to classified information, yet I have seen nothing in the documents that has either surprised me or told me anything of significance. I suspect that’s the case even for someone who reads only a third of the articles on Afghanistan in his local newspaper."

I'm that person who reads roughly a third of the articles on Afghanistan, and I definitely agree. Exum's article is definitely worth a read. While I certainly haven't read the 92,000 articles published, there doesn't appear to be much new information that's come out of Wikileaks.

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, claims these articles are as important as the Pentagon Papers. Exum calls that claim "ridiculous," He may be right. I do think Assange has succeeded in endangering the lives of our soldiers overseas who risk their lives for us.


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