"If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about."
ive heard that piece of tripe used to justify invasions of privacy all over the world, and especially from american TSA and boarder guards. and dont even get me started on the wiretapping, spying and so on.
well, right back at ya! not so nice when its someone else rifling through your stuff, is it?
i believe its neither treason, nor terrorism, it shouldn't even be a crime. infact, the guy should probably win a medal. what hes doing is sweet delicious reciprocity, justice in its most purest form. a govt that invades the privacy of its citizens as a matter of course and in defiance of its own laws and constitution has no right to expect privacy for its self.
You do realize the putz did it for nothing noble or good right? He couldn't hack his job and felt that he was being slighted. And if it hadn't been Wikileaks but say..the Russians or Iranians, what would you say then?
It IS treason. He betrayed his oath of service. He violated the contracts and agreements he signed when he came into the service, received his rating and clearance.
Do I agree with some of the actions of the US Government? No. Did I think the Patriot Act was a bright idea? No, I think it was a stupid fear fueled action that congress and the folks who normally don't consider how hostile the real world is demanded. I believe in the adage that Ben Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (I got called a Pinko by one of my Chiefs for saying that and that the Patriot Act was ill thought out).
The private wanted to hurt folks in his chain of command. He was being petty, and hurtful. No heroism involved. If he had leaked the flight plan of the President or such, or if his leak ends up getting someone killed is that mean the victims 'deserved it?'.
What if he's leaked information about the US aircraft control network, banking information on service members (from the Army Payroll system) or meddled with the military supply system to put medical grade narcotics into the hands of people he knew?
Not to mention the damage his leaks did in the region? You might think American doesn't need to be in the region but do you think that the other countries in the region want us gone? Not really, they'd rather someone else dies when it comes time to face aggression from folks like the Taliban or Iran. Thanks to our efforts the Iranian's major foe in the region is gone. (Saddam for his many many many sins, was a counter to their forces). Aside from possibly the Turks and Syrians, who in the region is strong enough to counter them?
This doesn't cover the points that I brought up about trust in Diplomatic circles. We, the US, are able to talk to this leader on the behalf of another leader he publicly dislikes. The US diplomat mediates an agreement that lets the two of them work things out, without risking loss of face with either and brings stability to the area and slowly lets them build cooperation between their countries (which the net result is better relations which helps us withdraw troops from the area).
Now, since this PUTZ did this, that diplomat won't be trusted to be able to keep things quiet. Without the ability to be trusted, the diplomats can't do their job.
Oh yeah, he's a real hero. (for the bad guys..they thrive when we can't mediate things out)