[ExI] Who is safe?

spike spike66 at att.net
Mon Dec 13 17:43:10 UTC 2010

... On Behalf Of Ben Zaiboc
Subject: Re: [ExI] Who is safe?

Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com> wrote:

>...We have the example of PFC Manning who read 
>them and was turned against the US by what he read in those cables, not 
>to mention the gunship video...

Hmmm, that is one way to interpret it, but I would assume the PFC was
against the US before he read the cables.  With respect to the sheer volume
of the text, I can easily imagine that Private Manning actually read little
or none of it.  Even then, it is difficult to see how reading a few cables
would turn anyone's attitude.  From what I have seen, there is nothing
particularly scandalous in there.

I still haven't seen the claim that the leaked file was counterfeit, or that
it contains counterfeit documents, intentionally placed.  It would be easy
to do and an obvious security measure.  They could generate an enormous
phony classified archive, that would be accessed automatically by anyone
with a low level clearance.  A private would have only a low level
clearance.  They could have trackers in that document to work back and
figure out who leaked.

Doing that would also be a great way for the security folks to sting
Wikileaks: intentionally let out a phony document file, let them take the
bait, then set the hook.  Or another way is to let out a counterfeit archive
and never confess.  Allow the news people hash over the stuff for years, and
puzzle over why nothing in there seems to be verifiable.


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