Wikileaks: Threat to Security — or Agent of Democracy?

By Tom McCarthy

Oct 22, 2010 11:25pm

The pro-transparency web site Wikileaks today released nearly 400,000 classified documents on the Iraq War that put the Iraqi civilian death toll far higher than the U.S. has acknowledged before, at more than 100,000 from 2004 to 2009 — 15,000 more than the U.S. has reported. Many deaths were at the hands of the Iraqis, but the documents show that the U.S. military was responsible for many more than previously thought. The Pentagon said, quote, "We strongly condemn the unauthorized disclosure of classified information." So tonight we ask you: Do you think that classified documents should be made public just because they can be?

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