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Taliban gunmen mudered a tribal elder, who they believed was revealed as a U.S. "spy" by Wikileaks documents.  (Source: Sky News)

Wikileaks founder and convicted computer criminal Julian Assange  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Over 70 other tribal elders receive death threats, U.S. Congressman calls on death penalty for leaker Manning

It's been a nightmarish last few months for U.S. Military officials.  First they discovered that a young soldier serving in Iraq had acted as a spy passing documents to the site Wikileaks.  Then they endured Wikileaks release of 90,000 U.S. Military documents -- many of them classified -- detailing their operations in Afghanistan.

The Taliban, a radical Islamic militia in Afghanistan, announced its gratitude to Wikileaks for the release and vowed to hunt down those revealed in the documents to be collaborating with the U.S.  It appears that they have now made good on that threat.

Khalifa Abdullah, a tribal elder, was removed from his home in Monar village, in Kandahar province’s embattled Arghandab district, by gunmen.  He was then executed.

At the same time, 70 other tribal elders received death threats warning them that the Taliban had obtained reason to believe they were collaborating with the U.S.  One such threat is signed by Abdul Rauf Khadim, a senior Taliban official who was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  When the Cuban prison was partially shut down by President Obama Khadim was transferred to Afghan custody in Kabul, where he subsequently escaped.

The note reads:
We have made a decision for your death. You have five days to leave Afghan soil. If you don’t, you don’t have the right to complain.
NewsWeek first reported on the murder.  They report that the Taliban believes the documents showed it U.S. sources, including the murder victim, Abdullah -- whether or not they truly do.

founder and convicted Australian computer criminal Julian Assange claimed in a TIME interview that the leak was justified in the name of transparency.  He assured that no one would be harmed by the leak, stating:
We feel confident. The material is seven months old; we reviewed it extensively. We held back 15,000 documents that we felt needed further review because the type of classifications they had. We've been publishing for four years a range of material that has caused the changing of constitutions and the removal of governments, but there's never been a case that we are aware of that has resulted in the personal injury of anyone.
In related news, U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has called on the U.S. Military to pursue the death penalty in the Manning case.  He says Manning's actions constitute treason in a time of war and thus should be punishable by death.  His statements came in an interview, which is preserved here in an audio recording.

We spoke with key government witness Adrian Lamo, who turned Manning in, about Rogers' remarks.  He tells us he doubts the U.S. government would pursue the death penalty given that they didn't in the case of Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent-turned-Russian spy.  Lamo states, "The damage done by Bradley Manning doesn't begin to approximate the damage Robert Hanssen did."

Hanssen received a life sentence, which he is currently serving.

If the government were to pursue such a sentence, though, Lamo says he would refuse to testify.

He states,"I elected to turn Manning in, in the hopes of saving lives.  I'm not going to participate in a process that's going to take a life.  There should be no other blood spilled by Wikileaks."

He concludes, "Under any other circumstances I will testify in the case.  [But] my concern for human life comes first."

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Obcession with Lamo?
By gamefoo21 on 8/3/2010 3:46:28 PM , Rating: 5
Does Jason have a bit of a man crush on Lamo, he keeps going to him, and keeps trying to make him sound more important than he really is... He's some washed up former hacker, who squealed to the feds in hopes of some reward, which he may have gotten via backroom dealings. Yet here is Mr. Mick constantly trying to win over Lamo for what? A date? A one nighter?

Honestly, someone tell me why Jason Mick is blowing his credibility like this? I mean is he hoping for a job with the National Inquirer?


RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By glennforum on 8/3/2010 4:13:00 PM , Rating: 5
Jason has credibility??? WOW that is a stretch.

He is a shill for the Progressive movement. He loves governments that lie and manipulate people and most of all people like Jason can't stand it when the truth shines in the light of day.

As much as these leaks are bad it shows America just how corrupt their government is.

Bottom line if you had honest true leaders with integrity and principles based on ethics and moral compass none of this would have to happen.

So people like Jason do their hardest to provide cover for the miscreants destroying our who is worse Wikileaks or the Jason's of the world?

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By threepac3 on 8/3/2010 4:23:54 PM , Rating: 1
Good luck with that. The next politician you vote will be worst then last.

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By cmdrdredd on 8/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By LordSojar on 8/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By VitalyTheUnknown on 8/3/2010 6:02:51 PM , Rating: 5
"There should be no other blood spilled by Wikileaks"

Civilian casualties of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Civilians killed as a result of U.S-led military actions:

direct deaths: at least 5,568 - 8,360
indirect deaths in initial invasion: 3,200 - 20,000
direct & indirect deaths: 8,768 - 28,360
(Total of available estimates, lower - upper)
source - "–present) "

Civilians killed as a result of insurgent actions:

direct deaths: at least 4,029 - 5,579

"Wikileaks documents associated Deaths:"

Khalifa Abdullah, a tribal elder, was removed from his home in Monar village, in Kandahar province’s embattled Arghandab district, by gunmen. He was then executed.

Jason Mick's expected reaction - "I feel most indignant at the Julian Assange and wikileaks' politically biased actions.

One more article on DT concerning Afghanistan war or Wikileaks by Jason and my patience will quickly turn into acute rage.

"There should be no other blood spilled by Wikileaks" - ha, this is amazing.

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By tmouse on 8/4/2010 8:18:40 AM , Rating: 4
Please, if you’re going to use a wiki as a source, at least try to understand it and think what are the limits or weaknesses in the information. The totals in the bottom are total BS. Did you notice that they simply totaled ALL of the minimums and maximums to get the numbers? Now look closely this time, see how the column sources do not match up? You cannot use unpaired data and it is also totally stupid to aggregate different sources to get a "total". The 20,000 figure is a number pulled out of the a@@ from a Guardian article totally unsubstantiated by ANY other source cited in the wiki and 5-6x higher than ANY other source, do you know what an outlier means? The different sources certainly overlap so totaling the numbers is equally stupid.

Now what was your point?

Yes a lot of people have been killed in this conflict (there are MANY other conflicts that make this look like a drop in the bucket), how pray tell does this even remotely limit the FACT that people are now being killed and their deaths are being justified by their identification from the wikileaks release? There is simply no way ANYONE can reliably scan that amount of documentation and have ANY confidence that they are not releasing information that will lead to exposing sources and their subsequent executions. I'm certain ALL the "review" was merely looking at the classifications on the documents. Clearly in small regions an "innocent" mention of a source as “a prominent elder in the region X” is enough information with the suspicions they already have to lead to the death of someone. Releasing ANY documents that contain ANY references to individuals ; in no way, shape or form aids in transparency. IF you see something that looks wrong release a digest, summary form of it and as the story gains momentum the details may be released ONLY AFTER EXTREAMLY CAREFUL AND PAINSTAKING REVIEW. Then and ONLY then can you have ANY confidence that you are making an effort to cause minimal harm. This was not done AT ALL by wikileaks, clearly there is a personal agenda with no real interest in "transparency" and certainly no interest in the potential harm that could be done. So yes blood is on his hands and he has direct responsibility for these deaths.

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By DougF on 8/4/2010 9:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
(Stands on soapbox)

(clears throat)

Well Said!

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By Kensei on 8/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By clovell on 8/4/2010 11:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
These leaks don't speak to any corruption or 'badness' of America.

Of all the examples you could use to prove your point, you picked the leak of 90K secret Afghan War documents that show it to be one of the cleanest wars of this length ever fought in the history of mankind.

So, it's ironic how much you speak about credibility while undermining your own.

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By Lerianis on 8/8/2010 10:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
Excuse me, but the Progressive movement is codespeak for the liberal movement and we are the ones who are looking at this and saying "Big deal, maybe this will get the people in America good and mad, then they will push for a constitutional amendment saying that we will NOT go to war with any other country unless they directly attack us first.

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By SSDMaster on 8/3/2010 4:13:19 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry but... "Obcession?" Don't criticize someone with words you can't spell.

Even though I do agree Jason is a bit obsessed with this story, and this hasn't been real "tech" news for awhile now.

RE: Obcession with Lamo?
By DigitalFreak on 8/3/2010 6:49:12 PM , Rating: 3
I suspect he's looking for a Cleveland Steamer. BTW, he never had any credibility to blow, so that won't be an issue.

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