August 5th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Pentagon asks WikiLeaks to return leaked documents

The Defense Department has demanded WikiLeaks return all documents belonging to the Pentagon and delete any records of the documents, department spokesman Geoff Morrell said Thursday.

"We are asking them to do the right thing," Morrell said. "This is the appropriate course of action given the damage that has been done."

Morrell denied published claims that WikiLeaks has asked the Pentagon to review some 15,000 documents it has yet to publish from leaked Afghanistan military reports.

WikiLeaks reportedly has 91,000 United States documents about the Afghan conflict. About 76,000 of them were posted on the site last month in what has been called the biggest leak since the Vietnam War's Pentagon Papers.


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  1. Omar J Fakhri

    How do you prevent someone from removing sensitive data from government systems and giving it to WikiLeaks or selling it to hostel foreign intelligence services (Robert Hannsen)? The common denominator in both, as with most cyber leaks/spills is managing removable media. I invented a system ( that does this but I can’t get the Government to look at my invention.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art

      Nice presentation. I would love to look at your invention, but I like to stay away from spam. Sorry.

      August 6, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Right, removing removable media stops leaking.
      Wrong, any network enabled application: browsers, email, IRC/chat, FTP, SSH, Telnet, SCP, Netbios, TFTP and a dozen others could be used to leak data/files.
      Even if you would disable these, there is the possibility to leak data over audio ("headphone out" to "audio recorder" and "audio player" to line/mic in) using techniques like DPSK (used by modems) or even serial RS232 port communication telnet, kermit.
      Wait, it gets worse, data could even be leaked by video-out composite the way data backer allowed VHS backups to video tapes 15 years ago. Also a camcorders could be used to record 2D barcode-like data from screen.

      The only way you can really prevent data leakage is not providing modern computers, phones, watches or even calculators to personnel as there is always a way to copy data OUT of the device to another device !!!

      I hear you thinking, the only way smart wars can be won is giving our personnel special purpose PROM like flashed devices, but as soldiers need to be connected with each other to have the advantage the devices need to be equipped with encrypted radio features and the enemy will either intercept / decode where possible and where not sabotage the radio signal.

      The only realistic way to prevent harmful data leakage is stop behaving harmful !!!

      December 12, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |