But it's not.
I mean, I'm not really going to debate this, but instead I'll just state it. I don't really believe Wikileaks should exist.
Its endangering soldiers and other innocent peoples lives right?
And this, is why I'm not debating it.
The Government comes out with the same BS every time about it risking lives and it's absolute crap. Of ALL the times Wikileaks have released 'life-risking' documents, how many people have died from it? None. They're not bloody advertising troop movements and pointing a big neon sign saying 'HERE'S A WEAK SPOT GO KILL THEM'. It's exposing the hypocrisies and corruption of their regime. This doesn't equate to 'blood on Julian Assange's hands'.
I'd like to quote the CBS article above. (And I have that set of documents on my computer)
One specific example cited by the paper is a report on an interview conducted by military officers of a potential Taliban defector. The militant is named, along with his father and the village in which they live.
They probably wont be alive for very long.
General information and diplomatic cables should be leaked, but names and locations should be censored.
People will as a direct consequence of leaking some of the secret documents, be (or already are) murdered, tortured or kidnapped if they contain identifiable people and civilian names. Assange has blood on his hands.
What he is doing is a favor to transparency and democracy. But he has no business exposing individual people who were collaborating with foreign forces to catch other insurgents, criminals, terrorists etc.
Comparable to leaking out press sources. Without anonymous press sources you could never interview anyone in undemocratic countries.
Reporters' privilege is the qualified (limited) First Amendment right many jurisdictions by statutory law or judicial decision have given to journalists in protecting their confidential sources from discovery.
The only reason protection of sources exists (in the case of individuals) is to guarantee their untouchability and physical safety.
If they gave out sensitive enough information & you take anonymity away from them you are signing their death warrant