Just hilarious. Apparently the U.S. intelligence community thought Wikileaks so odious that it labeled it a “potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC), and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army.” Good ol’ Wikileaks, bringing down the U.S. government.
You can read the report [PDF!], and I do believe this qualifies as “irony,” on Wikileaks. You really only need to read the first paragraph to understand what’s going on. So, here you go!
Wikileaks.org, a publicly accessible Internet Web site, represents a potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC), and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army. The intentional or unintentional leaking and posting of US Army sensitive or classified information to Wikileaks.org could result in increased threats to DoD personnel, equipment, facilities, or installations. The leakage of sensitive and classified DoD information also calls attention to the insider threat, when a person or persons motivated by a particular cause or issue wittingly provides information to domestic or foreign personnel or organizations to be published by the news media or on the Internet. Such information could be of value to foreign intelligence and security services (FISS), foreign military forces, foreign insurgents, and foreign terrorist groups for collecting information or for planning attacks against US force, both within the United States and abroad.
Never let it be said that CrunchGear is above copy-pasting a paragraph so you don’t have to download an icky PDF.
Now, I don’t know how familiar y’all are with Wikileaks, but it’s probably one of the more important Web sites on the Internet—much more so than fun, silly things like FourSquare or Chatroulette. It’s a centralizied location where people can leak information that’s of value to the public. The U.S. military has been embarrassed by Wikileaks leaks in the past, including the publication of details about the battle of Fallujah and the possible violation of the Chemical Warfare Convention Treaty, also in Iraq.
Lots of bad stuff about Iraq, it seems.
The intelligence community tried—all of this went down about two years ago—to target Wikileaks but creating a calculated attack on the site’s credibility.
Clearly it didn’t work~!