WikiLeaks has published a new portion of previously classified military documents. This time, the controversial website has exposed the memo produced by the CIA's Red Cell think tank, which elaborates non-traditional approaches and shares alternative points of view to various issues. The document is titled "What if Foreigners See the United States as an 'Exporter of Terrorism'?"
The memo sets out concerns about the participation of US citizens in terrorist activities. In this case, the document says, the United States may earn the reputation of the "exporter of terrorism," which in its turn may complicate Washington's struggle against extremism.
The CIA document went on to warn that if “the US were seen as an exporter of terrorism, foreign partners may be less willing to cooperate with the United States on extrajudicial activities, including detention, transfer, and interrogation of suspects in third party countries," Russia Today says.
WikiLeaks became unexpectedly and globally famous a month ago, when its founder, Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, uploaded on the net 92,000 classified documents about NATO's military actions against Talibs in 2004-2010. The documents proved that the activities conducted by the command of the alliance and its subordinates compromised the anti-terrorist struggle.
The documents contained controversial and previously unknown details about the destruction of civilians in Afghanistan by NATO forces, dirty operations to kidnap Taliban suspects, etc. Perhaps, the most unpleasant aspect about the whole story is the fact that the documents prove that the US-fostered Pakistani special services have smirched themselves with their ties with the Taliban movement.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated that the publications caused serious damage to the work of special services, because Assange had supposedly exposed the list of Afghan agents cooperating with NATO forces. According to Gates, Talibs and al-Qaeda guerrillas studied the published documents meticulously and promised to behead the traitors.
Julian Assange refused to remove the documents from his website and promised to declassify even more secret documents. Assange reportedly has something big to expose the US State Department. It is not known when the State Department is going to be defamed, but the volume of the materials is expected to be impressive - at least 15,000 pages. The contents of the new documents may become even more explosive for the USA and its allies. Therefore, the CIA's memo can be only the start for the second portion of controversial publications.
How did it become possible to make top secret documents public? Someone apparently dug them up from the Pentagon databases and archives. The question is - how was it possible from the technical point of view?
If Assange penetrated into the sanctuary of the US Department of Defense, it means that the Pentagon's security system leaves much to be desired.
One may also assume that the it was the US administration that orchestrated the information leak to the media. It is not ruled out that the whole story is just a campaign to mislead the adversaries.