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Posted at 5:42 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

WikiLeaks reveals cable identifying 'sensitive sites'

By Mary Beth Sheridan

U.S. officials expressed outrage Monday after WikiLeaks released a State Department cable that listed sites around the world whose "loss" could "critically impact" the health, communications, economy or security of the United States.

The cable, from February 2009, was part of an effort to compile an international list of infrastructure sites for the Department of Homeland Security, which maintains a similar database of domestic sites it seeks to protect from terrorist attack.

The State Department cable listed many obvious sites -- various countries' dams, bridges, mines, underwater communication cables and oil pipelines. But it also identified specific factories that are key producers of vaccines and weapons parts.

"This is really irresponsible. It is tantamount to giving a group like al-Qaeda a targeting list," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | December 6, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
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If they don't prosecute WikiLeaks, then they should just shelve their classification system.

It'll be like another Scooter Libby trial, and he might get off if he gets some political help.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

This is information warfare against the US. In all seriousness, people could die from this.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | December 6, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Too bad those geniuses didn't protect the list from getting STOLEN. You think Putin is laughing, or what!
Why would make such a list, anyway? The government would go broke trying to guard it all. Replacing what the terrorists destroyed would be FAR cheaper. WMD is the only thing worth guarding.
Wait until you see the bank stuff. I wonder if they were dumb enough to put how they were ripping investors off worldwide, down in writing? My guess is yes.

Posted by: billsimpson451 | December 6, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like this issue should be a CIA responsibility!
No matter, the entire issue is just further confirmation of the misconceived "Transparency" and "Counterproductive Sharing" idiocy!
Not to mention a 'failed' "VETTING" process!

Posted by: realtimer | December 6, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

What foreign policy makers are afraid of is now they might have huge amounts of people trying to drive foreign policy from the back seat of the car so to speak.

The world now is sensitized to US mistakes.

Why because the US cannot play fast and loose with foreign policy.

Now a growing number of people are going to see just how vital it is to stop using cowboy justice in a world that could come apart at the seams quickly.

In this articles case things could fall apart quickly if only a couple of these sites were hit.

Posted by: bm66535 | December 7, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

The information released by wikileaks is low level. The important parts merely confirm the deceits of the US government.

The US government is embarrassed because its documents have been made public and that exposes it as having poor security systems. That indicts the US government. As a consequence, it is sending clear messages to all US employees: if you release government documents then we will hurt you. A similar message is being sent to foreigners by harassing Assange and threatening him with espionage charges.

There is no espionage but the American government is driven by vindictiveness, a characteristic of US justice. That makes it dangerous to you and I.

Posted by: robertjames1 | December 8, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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