Pentagon: We Could Have Taken WikiLeaks Down
The Pentagon could have taken down WikiLeaks but decided not to. Out of kindness, I suppose.
Pentagon spokesman Gregg Morrell says that US Cyber Command had the means to shut down WikiLeaks but that policy makers thought it “not appropriate” because this threat is not “of high consequence.”
AllahPundit hopes this is right, “Because if our cyberwar unit is so weak that they can’t hit a few servers in Sweden, then I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords.”
I’ve got little doubt that we have the offensive capability to take out the WikiLeaks servers; it’s just not that hard. But, aside from serious legal and diplomatic questions about doing so, it likely wouldn’t matter; the cooperating newspapers, not the WikiLeaks site, are the primary venue for disseminating the documents. The government’s chief concern, frankly, should be the security of its own data, not taking down sites.
Regardless, I’m put in mind of a similar decision recounted by Townes Van Zandt and popularized by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: