WASHINGTON, February 21, 2011 – Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld issued a challenge last week to those responsible for leaking and publishing classified documents, during an exclusive interview with Accuracy in Media. Rumsfeld, though uncertain on motives, detailed the operational consequences brought by recklessly publishing leaked materials.
“I don’t know why people do it – maybe for money, maybe for self-aggrandizement, maybe they have a political difference with the people in government and they want to damage them and hurt them,” Rumsfeld said. “But whatever the difference, it puts people’s lives at risk. I’ve often thought that I wished the leakers and the people in the media who insist on carrying classified information in The New York Times or other newspapers or television stations, I wish they had children in the lead organizations of military operations, that are compromised because I think if they did have their own children in those operations that they would be very careful about not releasing classified information and not putting the lives of men and women in uniform at risk.”
“I wanted to use our time with Secretary Rumsfeld to explore subjects that hadn’t received much attention in his other recent interviews,” said AIM Editor Roger Aronoff. “I wanted to get his take on WikiLeaks, prosecuting a war in a hostile media environment, and the truth about weapons of mass destruction found and not found in Iraq. I think we broke some new ground.”
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Aronoff’s interview analysis can be read here.
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