Wikileaks publishers should consider national security risks before posting

Emily Brown, Copy editor

I am all for freedom of speech. To me, it is one of the most important aspects of our country.
I never thought I would actually condemn sharing information.
However, WikiLeaks proved me wrong.
WikiLeaks, an international new media organization that publishes secret government documents anonymously, posted a list of places vital to U.S. national security.
The list is inviting a terrorist attack. WikiLeaks provided all of the tools for a terrible tragedy to occur. Not by accident, but willingly.
This diplomatic cable is a part of a larger disclosure of what WikiLeaks says are 250,000 U.S. State Department documents. Diplomatic cables are the confidential messages exchanged through an embassy or consulate and the foreign ministry of its parent country.
How can the United States protect itself if its secret information is being leaked to a terrorist-friendly website?
It can’t. We are all at risk now.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange handed himself over to British police Tuesday for questioning after rape allegations surfaced in Sweden. But he also needs to take responsibility for the mistake of leaking this information to the world.
Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, said he feared retribution for the disclosures.
He should be worried. He has angered the entire international community.
The site and everyone who participated in the leaks should be prosecuted. Not because of the revealed cables but because of the repercussions they will have on the American people.
WikiLeaks is providing so many opportunities for terrorists to take advantage.
I am ashamed to think these people consider themselves fellow journalists.
Their quest is not the quest for truth, but instead one to create as much chaos as possible.