Last July the WikiLeaks website released over 90,000 classified U.S. government documents on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In doing so, Private Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier suspected of leaking the documents, and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, have damaged U.S. national security interests and endangered the lives of American soldiers and our closest allies. Claiming that the government's lack of transparency is "unjustified," WikiLeaks has provided a wealth of aid and comfort to groups at war with the United States.
The action taken by the WikiLeaks crew is undoubtedly a reckless and politically motivated attack on the U.S. Government and those defending liberty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our panelists will deconstruct the consequences of such actions and analyze what the U.S. is doing to ensure that more lives are not put at risk.
More About the Speakers
James Carafano, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies (Moderator)