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Yesterday I wrote about Wikileaks' dodgy claim that it was under a DDoS attack, just ahead of the release of more highly-sensitive classified documents. As expected, the documents were mostly just embarrassing, and didn't tell anyone anything they didn't already know.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, do not like being embarrassed by a website, apparently. According to an A.P. report, today, the administration is taking the stance that the documents were "stolen," by an outsider rather than "leaked," by an government insider. I'm not sure which is worse - that our government's classified documents are not stored securely, and vulnerable to theft by an international website administrator, or that we have unscrupulous individuals within the administration willing to leak (probably for profit) classified information that could cause harm to Americans. Supposedly, the leak came from a Private First Class...really?! Together with the fact that this particular leak wasn't even that big of a deal compared to previous leaks, makes the theater going on in the press right now ludicrous.
One method the administration might have at its disposal, according to TechDirt, is the ability to seize the WikiLeaks website domain (also see from the good-luck-with-that dept) Considering the availability of domain names internationally, it would take about ten minutes for the site to be up and running under a different domain name, however, and this process could be repeated indefinitely, bringing unlimited free advertising and exposure for the offending website. This might not be a brilliant strategic move.
Would it not make a lot more sense and be much more respectable for our administration to take steps to find the source of the leak, and make sure it doesn't happen again? Just a thought.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.