WikiLeaks is making headlines one day after releasing the Afghan War Diary, an online archive containing more than 91,000 previously unpublished reports uncovering the secrets behind the war in Afghanistan. The reports are said to contain official details about the number of individuals killed, wounded, or detained by U.S. military forces between 2004 and 2010. â€œThe Afghan War Diary is the most significant archive about the reality of war to have ever been released during the course of a war,â€ according to WikiLeaks.
The leaking of thousands of secret military documents will undoubtedly lead to a renewed debate over the often conflicting values of open government and national security. Lincoln once brilliantly described Democracy as â€œgovernment of the people, for the people, by the peopleâ€. Particularly in times of war, the people are too often kept in the dark about the details of military operations. Military secrecy of this kind can only undermine the control of the people over their own government.
All though it did not act to stop the release, the White House does appears to view the WikiLeaks actions as a threat to national security.
â€œThe United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security,â€ National Security Advisor GEN James Jones said in recent a press release.
Letâ€™s hope that the debate doesnâ€™t overshadow the importance of the information contained in the Afghan War Diary. Join me in delving into the depths of this groundbreaking online archive.