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Wikileaks poses 'security threat' to US Army

A leaked US Army intelligence report, classified as secret, says the Wikileaks website poses a significant "operational security and information security" threat to military operations.
Written by Declan McCullagh, Contributor on
A leaked US Army intelligence report, classified as secret, says the Wikileaks website poses a significant "operational security and information security" threat to military operations.

Classified US military information appearing on Wikileaks could "influence operations against the US Army by a variety of domestic and foreign actors", says the report, prepared in 2008 by the Army Counterintelligence Center and apparently disclosed in its entirety on Monday. The 32-page document was published by Wikileaks, but not before editor Julian Assange prepended a critique saying some details in the Army report were inaccurate and its recommendations flawed.

One section of the original document says "criminal prosecution" of anyone leaking sensitive information could "deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org website". Another speculates that Wikileaks — which boasts that it is "uncensorable" — is "knowingly encouraging criminal activities", including violation of national security laws regarding sedition and espionage.

For more on this story, see U.S. Army worried about Wikileaks in secret report on CNET News.

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