Don't Forget about WikiLeaks
Well, WikiLeaks did it. The whistleblower site released all of the secret diplomatic cables it had in its possession, unredacted and all. The cables were already pretty much in the public sphere, but this posting on the WikiLeaks website will bring them to a wider swath of the population. Four media outlets previously working with WikiLeaks—The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel and El Pais—all issued a statement speaking out against the release. And State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that WikiLeaks did advise Washington of “the impending release,” and that the U.S. has made its position clear—that such disclosures puts individuals and national security at risk.
Before the big Libya Contact Group meeting yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a more private get-together with French president Nicholas Sarkozy, Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Libya’s opposition leaders. During the main event, Clinton called on the Libyan rebels to make sure Muammar Qaddafi’s chemical and conventional weapons are safe and secure.
And back at home, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is coming under fire for his travel habits. Panetta lives out in California and plans to spend most weekends and days off there unless work prohibits. There don’t seem to be any significant hitches in operations—Panetta keeps in frequent contact and has a secure phone line on his ranch—but still, the Defense Department is dealing with concerns about the SecDef's absences from Washington, and the fact that he has to travel on U.S. government aircraft whenever he goes to California.