Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Video of Iraqi Journalists' Killings: Is WikiLeaks a Security Threat?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Video of Iraqi Journalists' Killings: Is WikiLeaks a Security Threat?

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A 2008 report by the US Army suggests that WikiLeaks, which on Tuesday published a video that shows US forces apparently killing two Iraqi journalists, could be a threat to national security. The website has released sensitive information in the past, the report notes.

The US military has been warily watching for several years the group that released on Monday a graphic video showing a US helicopter apparently killing two Iraqi journalists from Reuters in a Baghdad suburb in 2007.

WikiLeaks.org, the organization in question, is a small nonprofit dedicated to publishing classified information from around the world. In 2008, a classified report from the Army Counterintelligence Center judged that WikiLeaks "represents a potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC) and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army."

The report on WikiLeaks was obtained and leaked by the organization itself.

Wikileaks releases video depicting US forces killing of two Reuters journalists in Iraq

The report noted that US intelligence can not rule out the possibility that a mole within the US government is providing WikiLeaks with information.

The WikiLeaks website began operations in December 2006. It says that it was founded by Chinese dissidents in conjunction with journalists and technical experts from elsewhere in the world.

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The Army Counterintelligence Center report pointed to a number of documents posted on WikiLeaks to highlight what it termed the site's "insider threat" to the Department of Defense.

In 2007, for instance, the site made public an extensive database of US Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan. This information could enable foreign terrorist groups and Iraqi insurgents to identify unit capabilities and vulnerabilities, said the Army report.

"Such information could aid enemy forces in planning terrorist attacks," judged the Counterintelligence Center.

WikiLeaks' ability to keep its sources secret is a key to its existence, noted the Army. Yet the report claimed that the group's software could be vulnerable to a cyberattack. …

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