White House on WikiLeaks
November 28th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

White House on WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs released this statement Sunday on the latest leak of classified U.S. government documents by the WikiLeaks website:

"We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand classified State department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic discussions with foreign governments. By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete information. It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always shape final policy decisions. Nevertheless, these cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world. To be clear - such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government. These documents also may include named individuals who in many cases live and work under oppressive regimes and who are trying to create more open and free societies. President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By releasing stolen and classified documents, Wikileaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals. We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information."


Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • The News • White House

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    It sure does seem MIGHTY strange that these confidentiality breaches in security and diplomatic relationships are continuing to occur under THIS presidents' watch! WHEN THOSE DEVIL TYRANTS WERE RUNNING THE SHOW, WIKILEAKS AND NOBODY ELSE TOLD US NOTHING! We never even heard the big 'T' word uttered from their proffiteering mouths! TRANSPARENCY? NO WAY, JOSE! 'We don't have to explain to you STUPID AMERICAN PEOPLE nothing! And If you get too crazy we'll shoot ya'! 'We'll send ya a-huntin' with CHENEY'!

    November 29, 2010 at 8:07 am |
    • fayse

      You are way off base with this. I think that Julian Assange is trying to start a World War. The leaks go back over a three year period. You need to stop with the misdirected hatred.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  2. joseph

    some people just can't keep their mouths shut, Don't want people to know keep your mouth shut and don't write anything on paper it will come back to bite you.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  3. Lookitup

    Are there any intelligent Americans. Wikileaks was created by the Republicans to discredit the current administration. The aim is to now try to expose Hillary Clinton so that she will not have a chance in 2012. Once again the Republicans have bamboozled this country and allow the world to see the real foundation of this country, lies, lies and more lies.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • fayse

      I agree with you!

      December 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • marcindc

      Hahaha...your tinfoil hat is getting a little too tight.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  4. ThinkTank2010

    Ever notice how "WikiLeaks" is starting resemble "terrorist" and "terrorism" What I mean it is shoved in your face now 24/7 like those 2 words was not very long ago hell still is.......
    The only secret everyone needs to see is the future for us all.
    How long before usa calls him a terrorist or have we already?
    Blame others before ourselves isn't that the American way?
    Before you say it isn't take a few steps back and view the united states with open eyes you might see every secret you would ever want to see.
    Don't need no Julian Assange to show you secrets at all.......
    But guess alot don't know how to see the simple truth right before there blinded by "BS" eyes....
    So he will for you I guess.
    Have fun reading the leaks or just use your brain.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:14 am |
  5. John Wilson

    Where can I contribute to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange?
    I can only encourage this organization to continue to show the world the TRUTH about how the USA and other countries REALLY OPERATE... THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:07 am |