The juvenile hackers who run Wikileaks have probably just murdered dozens of people around the world. They have dumped their entire cache of State Department cables into the public domain - without redacting names of informants.
How could they do this? How could they finger people who were assisting the US in gathering information and who will almost certainly - in many cases - pay for their help with their lives?
Julian Assange and his buddies have the emotional maturity of an 11 year old. This is the psychological profile of most hackers. Even if they are told the consequences of their acts, their stunted development (that got them into hacking in the first place) prevents them from having the same concerns about those consequences as an adult would have. Hence, there is a disconnect between cause and effect. They don't care because, like pre-teens who commit murder, they separate themselves from the act and become observers rather than participants.
In its statement, WikiLeaks took credit for helping to spark the Arab Spring with its publication, in partnership with the French newspaper Le Monde, of scathing cables from the U.S. ambassador to Tunisia about the now deposed Tunsian President Zine el Abidin Ben Ali and his family. It also said its quick publication of cables revealing Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman's ties to the CIA helped scuttle the possibility he would replace deposed President Hosni Mubarak.
But those claims are likely also to be balanced with debate over whether releasing the entire unredacted cache will place at risk innocent people whose names appear in the cables as sources of information for U.S. diplomats.
A search by McClatchy Newspapers of the cables found 1,900 in which U.S. diplomats had flagged the identities of sources with the admonition "strictly protect," though it is unclear how much danger many of those people would face. Among the individuals whose names carried that admonition was the finance minister of Mexico, the CEO of the ConocoPhillips oil company, and the American company Procter & Gamble.
But many others might be at risk of persecution including Shiite Muslim clerics in Sunni Saudi Arabia, religious leaders in Vietnam and businessmen willing to talk to American officials about life in places like Iran.
Despite the seeming suddenness of the release, it had been clear for some time that Assange had grown impatient with the slow pace with which the cables had been dribbling out.
Note Assange's impulse control problem. His problems with sexually assaulting women demonstrates a similar inability to handle adult situations. His self-aggrandizing statement making the ridiculous and fantastical claim that exposing State Department cables started the "Arab Spring" reveals a man with little knowledge of how the world works, as well as harboring a frightening self-importance where he fools himself into believing his teenage pranks have actually had an effect on world events - events that are enormously complex and beyond his intellectual capability of accepting.
And this is the guy the left has put on a pedestal and lionized?