Defense Secretary Robert Gates said whistleblower website WikiLeaks is morally "guilty" for its decision to release nearly 80,000 secret military documents pertaining to the Afghanistan war.
Speaking on the Sunday news shows, Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed concern about the potential damage the massive leak could do, including putting Afghan informants in harm's way.
"My attitude on this is that there are two areas of culpability. One is legal culpability. And that's up to the Justice Department and others. That's not my arena. But there's also a moral culpability. And that's where I think the verdict is guilty on WikiLeaks," Gates said on ABC's"This Week." "They have put this out without any regard whatsoever for the consequences."
Gates said he was "mortified" and "appalled" by the release. He said the need to protect sources is "sacrosanct" and that WikiLeaks showed "no sense of responsibility."
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Wonder why he doesn't have harsh words for the New York Times?