President Obama has not commented on the Wikileaks document dump that has, at the very least, embarrassed the United States, angered many Americans, and caused U.S. allies to question if the U.S. can be trusted to keep secrets.
Today, Obama’s spokesman dismissed the leak of diplomatic secrets as no big deal, although others have said it may put American lives in danger.
“We should never be afraid of one guy who plopped down $35 and bought a Web address,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told Fox & Friends. “Our foreign policy is stronger than that; we’re a stronger country than that. We’re not scared of one guy with one keyboard and a laptop.”
Gibbs expressed no anger at the leak. He didn’t reveal Obama’s reaction, but he did indicate that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks for her boss.
On Monday, Clinton strongly condemned what she called the illegal disclosure of classified information: “It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems,” she said at the State Department.
“So let’s be clear: this disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community – the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity.”
Clinton said she is “confident” that U.S. partnerships with other counties will withstand the troubling development.
She added that the United States “deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats’ personal assessments and observations.”
Echoing what his wife said on Monday, former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday said he thinks the leak is very damaging: “I’ll be very surprised if some people don’t lose their lives,” Clinton told an audience in North Carolina. “And goodness knows how many will lose their careers.”