Updated: June 17, 2012


By RU Contributor Mad Medic 

Leakers are everywhere nowadays.  It seems almost like the vogue thing to do.  Want to get noticed, get ahead? Hey let’s leak the info on some “classified” mission or program.  It’s almost a fashion statement.  Doesn’t matter if they’re trying to say “war is bad” or “look how good I am at this war thing,” people are leaking things left and right almost as they’re happening.  It’s gotten to the point I’m surprised we don’t know the names and home addresses of the SEAL team that killed Bin Laden. 

Photos of Soldiers posing with body parts (or cleaning up after an Apache strike) – which have little real impact on actual operations other than to be a PR nightmare – are coming out so often that you really have to wonder if someone is stealing this stuff from private computers.  But then there are more serious things like policy papers, names of informants, even operational details – things which used to fall under the term “need to know” have somehow become things everyone absolutely needs to know. 

The ball really got rolling in February 1971 when Daniel Ellsburg released portions of the so-called “Pentagon Papers,” which were written during the Johnson administration about Vietnam, and essentially boiled down to “we don’t want to win, we just don’t want to lose.”  People immediately got into an uproar about it because the Administration had lied about the whole purpose of the Vietnam War.  Great.  See any problems with the dates here?  1971 was 2 years into the Nixon administration, and less than a year from the end of the war.  Indeed, the draw down had been proceeding steadily despite the fact that there were still major offensives (much akin to our own draw down in Afghanistan).  The public reacted and, again forgetting that this was a study from a completely different presidency, started all sorts of protests, to include spitting on soldiers returning from ‘Nam. 

Where Nixon went wrong is that he did not prosecute Ellsburg to the fullest extent of the law.  In essence, aside from getting fired and his security clearance revoked, nothing happened to him.  It set a precedent that it was ok, even good, to leak classified information.  He has thus been treated like a hero ever since and paraded around for causes celeb of the anti-war crowd. 

What did Ellsburg actually accomplish?  Not much (seeing as the war went on for almost 2 more years).  But the standard had been set and, for the next 50 years, if you were dissatisfied with the way your bosses were handling things, you’d back-door them without even the common courtesy of a reach-around.  Informants names, “special projects,” or “my boss is just a giant dick,” all seemed to be good reasons to go blabbing everything to the Media.  What’s even more ironic is that “journalistic integrity” demands that journalists not reveal who is leaking their information to them.   

Do you remember the debacle in 1992 when US Navy SEALs performed a covert reconnaissance of the beaches in Somalia and were met by television crews that had their camera ready to go, killing their night vision and potentially endangering the team?  There have been other incidents.  Some more serious, some less so.  But time and again one thing is clear – when the Military is used in any capacity, the Media want to be close on their heels catching everything. 

In 2009, in one of the most insane displays of childish acting out, one 19 year old PFC sifted through the CENTCOM Secure Network (SIPRNET) and (after rejecting a few incidents that were clear cut) chose one particular file that would have the most impact. Then, while pretending to sing along to Lady Gaga, he downloaded thousands of memos, reports, and videos, ranging from benign and asinine to truly damaging.  He then released that video, and several others to Wikileaks, a website devoted to. . . Well I’m not really sure.  They seem to be devoted to kicking America and the West in the pants as often as possible. 

Now, why was this leak so bad?  Well, unlike the Pentagon Papers – which was simply a policy study – this had names, dates, tactics, and all sorts of info any intel annalist would cream his pants for.  Since our intel guys already know most of this, which intel analysts do you think would be picking it over?  If you said “the enemy’s,” then you win a gold freaking star.  Informants were named, and many were subsequently killed. 

But that was just the beginning.  On the early hours of May 1st/2nd, an elite unit known as DEVGRU launched a bold raid into Pakistan.  Next thing you know, holy shit we killed Bin Laden?  Wow that’s awesome.  Within hours we had the unit that did it, pictures of a very strange Blackhawk tail, and the general details of the raid.  Then out comes the fall back plan, why this Blackhawk went down, and how we found Bin Laden.  We even had the president “agonizing” over the decision.  Hell, the only thing we don’t know is what kind of boots the SEALs were wearing. 

Did anyone else see the history channel special on the raid?  Let’s be clear, I should not know that Bin Laden’s code name was Geronimo!  The repercussions are that some of the informants to include the doctor that got us Bin Laden’s DNA are compromised and imprisoned.  Why on Earth will anyone help us in the future if we compromise them like this? 

Remember just a few weeks ago, when the CIA broke up a plot in Yemen designed to repeat the “underwear bomber”?  Only now we find out that it wasn’t the CIA but MI6, and to make matters worse the “bomber” that we “captured” was actually the informant that helped bust up that cell.  To repeat, I as a civilian, going to college with NO affiliation, even unofficially with the CIA, DIA, or NSA, SHOULD NOT KNOW THIS!  The level of douchebaggary going on is astounding.  Whether these mental midgets are doing this for personal or political reasons really doesn’t matter, the results are the same.  I’m not going to even mention the fact that I know about the Cyber-warfare going on against Iran, or that I somehow know about way too many drone programs.  At this point it would be better to ask what don’t I know that I shouldn’t. 

To all leakers I say this: if I ever find you, I will throat punch you.  You may be thinking you’re helping your boss out; or conversely, really sticking it to him; or that you’re doing the right thing. But we have a chain of command for a reason.  If you do not like what you see, report it up the chain.  If they don’t give you the proper response, there are other methods, but at the end of the day, unless laws are being broken, or you have proof that terrorists are going to nuke the Moon or something, SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH!






  1. Dareitus

    June 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm


    I get so sick of all these Entitlist/Occupier/Hippy/Etc fraks who think they some how have a “right” to know everything the government is doing at all times.

    I checked the constitution, a couple times, couldn’t find the one that says “You have a right to any and all information available to the government despite moral or physical consequence on the nation or it’s people.” mostly because it doesn’t exist.

    I just gonna end up repeating everything you said if I continue, so I’ll leave it at I agree 100%. Douchebag leakers belong in Leavenworth.

  2. AltheDago

    June 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    If I said 1/10 of the things that have been leaked, pretty clearly from the White House, I’d be fired, prosecuted, and jailed. The same should be done in ANY leak case. It’s not up to an individual to decide what should be classified and what should not. Do we overclassify? Yes we do. Is that better than letting something out that could harm the national security of the United States? You bet your ass.

  3. Parker

    June 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t understand. Don’t the people have a right? They are paying for it right? They don’t have a choice but to pay for it right? They really do have a right to know where the money they are forced to pay is going don’t they? Everything is done in the name of Americans including pissing on the bodies of the dead. Shouldn’t Americans be allowed to know what the military is doing in their names?

    • Shawn

      June 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Parker, I re-read your comment a few times looking for indications of sarcasm. What I actually see is naivety. So, I will try to answer with my own opinions on this matter.

      No, the people do not have a right to know everything that happens around the world. Whether that is with the military, the diplomats or the Heads of State. There are things happening out there in the world that are more important than the individual’s “right to know”. Having unnecessary people knowing about these things makes these tasks harder to accomplish.

      As for Americans “…being forced to pay…” for something doesn’t mean they get to know the details of the way the machine works. I would suggest you start by studying the way that welfare law works and who it truly benefits. I will tell you that I am not convinced that it is being administered correctly, yet my tax dollars are still supporting it with many more of those dollars than what are going to the military.

      To the point that “Everything is done in the name of Americans, including pissing on the bodies of the dead”, well, there are jackasses with camera’s everywhere. I can’t condone what those people did, but I find it comical that everybody is cool with putting a bullet in their chest, but gets all freaked out when they piss on the bodies. If you were to shoot someone that was trying to kill you, I would expect (hope) that you would want to feel a sense of “payback” is in order. Of course, I realize that a vast majority of our society can’t even fathom killing another human being, let alone feeling justified about it. That is why there are people like us around…to protect those that can’t or won’t defend themselves.

      I hope that the flame-war that is about to start doesn’t get too out of hand. Please be prepared with well thought out responses rather than personal attacks.

      • Bluesheepdog

        June 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm


        Can I add a great big OOH-RAH! to your post brother? Thank you!

        Parker, with respect… I am an American and a war veteran, a father a cop… the list goes on. I know there are things that my government needs to do to keep me and my family safe that I have absolutely no need to know because of national security concerns. I am OK with that because that is the reality of the world we live in. Despite what the media would like you to think, people in general do not have the right to know everything about everybody at anytime. While I find the acts of certain members of our society to be deplorable and shameful to our nation, in reality there are far more sports figures, politicians and celebrities out there giving us bad press that no one seems to give a damn about, but you let one service member so much as cross their eyes at a Koran and the shit hits the fan. Hypocrisy on that scale angers me far more than some of the things our men and women have been called onto the carpet for while deployed in an area of the world where the vast majority of the people there want them dead simply for being Americans or for wanting to bring them a chance for peace and the right to live in freedom.

  4. Logan F. Crooks

    June 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Believe it or not (you probably do), we do know the Boots the DEVGRU SEALs were wearing. Someone leaked that they were Saloman Quest 4D GTX Boots. I’ve thought about this topic for awhile now (SEAL Raid really stirred it up) and these people should be convicted of nothing less than treason. Oddly enough they did talked about this on the Daily Show Today.
    Great Article!!! Great Read!!

  5. WEK

    June 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Such acts used to be called treason and the guilty were quickly and properly executed. A firing squad is a waste of good ammo, unless we bill the families of the guilty for the bullets like it is done in communist China. Hanging is, was and should be the method used to dispose of these traitor bastards. In particular where our military or our military’s resources are compromised. Don’t like what I say, then you might have an idea of how our men placed in danger from these treasonous acts feel.

  6. Kurgan

    June 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    This article is spot on. As a veteran formerly involved in the investigations of such “leaks”, what a majority of the individuals have done is blatant violations of National Security laws. Unfortunately, some members of our own government are the worst offenders. The leaks on the Bin Laden are a direct result of an administration wanting to look good, so of course the details come out. The 2nd Bush administration was no different, with the release of a CIA case officer’s identity. It will take a very strong President and administration to set the precedence of successfully prosecuting & punishing one of these individuals. Hopefully, PFC Manning will be aptly court-martialed and sent to prison for a lengthy term. I believe no one in this or the next administration has the intestinal fortitude to give him the death penalty, which is possible given the nature of what he divulged.

  7. Joseph Cheney Msgt USA

    June 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Damn skippy ,shut the F up !!! What ever happened to OPSEC ? I just wish one of these dirtbags was in an Infantry battalion with me! He’d never make it home to his F’n boyfriend…

  8. C.S.Chapman

    June 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    As they used to say in the “good ole days” SSSSSHHHHHUUUUUSSSSSHHHHH,OPSEC!!!! We as a nation need to wake up and realize there are some things we don’t/shouldn’t know to keep our country and it’s military safe….

  9. Gunner

    July 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    We have turned into a bunch of pusses.

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