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Quote “The Pentagon has decided a website that allows the public to leak sensitive information is a threat to national security.” End quote States the telegraph newspaper on March 3, 2010. Resolved: WikiLeaks is a threat to national security. Merriam-webster’s learningdictionary.com defines threat as someone or something that could cause trouble, harm, etc. Also, it defines National Security as both national defense and foreign relations of the United States. A website which releases classified information about a government such as their war plans, movements, and informants obviously has the potential to cause trouble and harms the foreign relations of the U.S. which, by the definition, means it is a threat to national security. WikiLeaks made some of the most unforgivable and dangerous moves by posting confidential information on it’s unprotected website.
The believed duty of WikiLeaks is to bring information about a government to the citizens, and to make it easy to access. While this sounds, at first, like a decent idea when we take a deeper look into it we discover the horror that can be caused by making classified documents, that WikiLeaks releases, accessible globally. First, WikiLeaks does not background check anyone who wants to use their sites, they do not make it accessible only by the people of the government the information is on, they have no system in place to block terrorists or people seeking to harm others, from accessing their database. It is a well-known fact that America is one of the major targets of the terrorist group known as Al-Qaeda, imagine what they can and will do using the information revealed by WikiLeaks. Information that revealed the number of people in our military and where they are, the location of all our bases, the number and types of our guns and vehicles, and our movements and plans from the year 2004 until the year 2009. While these years have passed it gives insight to how we set up and move our soldiers during war times, and in many cases these people are still stationed where they were in 2009.
Since WikiLeaks released classified United States documents foreign powers are pulling back from their dealings with the U.S. government since hundreds of classified diplomatic cables wound up on the Internet, State and Defense department officials said December 7th, 2010 to armynews.com. The article went on to say quote, “The document dump by WikiLeaks included detailed and blunt exchanges between foreign and U.S. officials on such politically sensitive matters as a top-secret U.S. bombing campaign in Yemen.” Now that diplomatic informants have discovered that their classified conversations have been leaked easily, they have been less open with their information, and some have refused to converse all together, fearing that what they say will be released to the scrutiny of the world. Conversing with foreign diplomats is a huge piece of the United States foreign relations which, in turn, is a huge piece of our national security, and since WikiLeaks is obviously hurting our ability to talk with foreign diplomats it is obviously threatening our national security.
Also, WikiLeaks is releasing information that can possibly lead to the deaths of many operatives who report findings on the places they are living. Quote “A spokesman for the Taliban told Britain’s Channel 4 News on Thursday that the insurgent group is scouring classified American military documents posted online by the group WikiLeaks for information to help them find and “punish” Afghan informers.” End quote, reports nytimes.com the article goes on to state that WikiLeaks released the names or other identifying features of dozens of Afghan informants, potential defectors and others who were cooperating with American and NATO troops such as their villages, and in some cases their father’s name. A senior U.S. national-security official stated, "We're going to have to pull out some of our best people—the diplomats who best represented the United States and were the most thoughtful in their analysis—because they dared to report back the truth about the nations in which they serve." Also, quote “The Obama administration is planning a major reshuffling of diplomats, military officers, and intelligence operatives at U.S. embassies around the world out of concern that WikiLeaks has made it impossible—if not dangerous—for many of the Americans to remain in their current posts,” posted by thedailybeast.com, a renowned world news network. WikiLeaks is not releasing harmless information, on the contrary, they are leaking news which jeopardizes many U.S. lives and U.S. foreign relations and so it must be deemed a threat to national security.
In conclusion, due to the fact that WikiLeaks falls directly under the definition of threat and that it has the potential to cause harm to many American citizens, which goes completely against the point of National Security, and the fact that it has caused many diplomats to withdraw from telling us important information, we can only see that WikiLeaks is an obvious threat to the National Security of the United States.