Julian Assange (Wikileaks), Edward Snowden and Pfc. Chelsea (née Bradley) Manning became household names overnight. They downloaded U.S. Government secrets. Diplomatic relations, American politics and military secrets were seriously compromised. How'd it happen? Up to 4 million people—including 500,000 government contractors—hold Top Secret clearances. That's how.
What triggered this column was The New York Times headline: "U.S. Debates Drone Strike on American Terrorism Suspect in Pakistan." Was this an official leak? If so, why? The American target was tipped off. U.S.-Pakistani relations were not helped. Worse were the Edward Snowden leaks.