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The fallout from the release of secret government documents by the website Wiki -- is escalating by the day.
This says that site's founder threatens to relays a giant file more documents if the -- to shut down.
Well joining me now is the chairman of the house committee on intelligence democratic congressman Sylvester Reyes of Texas and welcome congressman.
Thank you must be with let's let's talk first of all about the situation that it has got a lot of people -- -- there how is it but hundreds of thousands of of officials across the government in the military in.
That that the State Department.
And apparently you private first class and -- -- operating buys in Iraq.
Could have access to millions of documents including the finals of the state department's secret State Department cables from around the world how is that possible.
Well this goes back to post nine elevenths when when we were when we discovered that agencies.
Not sharing information.
There was there was and continues to be.
An attempt to make sure that that.
The information that's critical and vital.
Four agencies to be able to shared so that we can keep our our country safe are Austin and the allies that.
But but if I may serve and I mean Newt Gingrich former speaker of the house was on FOX News Sunday -- and he set -- If I is my American Express card here in Washington and then somebody uses the same card and -- I get a call they say eight.
You gotta charge and believes how could it be that you getting all of this huge downloading -- files.
In in -- forward operating base in Iraq a State Department -- president didn't set often along.
Well and that that is that is a serious.
Breach now know the only thing and we'll tell you.
That mitigates that is the fact that everyone that had access to the -- -- which is the secret.
Internet system that agencies and the military used for communication.
Has a clearance they have me a secret clearance so the assumption there is that you're not gonna have some wild card individual.
Like the one who apparently -- an air eggs this is this private Manning let's.
Another question that it is like this is the first stop it's the third down in the last five months we edited for -- that documents about secret.
Tables and and and information about the Afghan war -- the Iraq War now the State Department cables from around the world why how.
The Obama administration quite frankly the congress -- -- low.
In addressing this problem over the past five months.
Well first of all remember that.
The the information was not stolen in increments it was downloaded all -- ones apparently from what we know at this point.
It was given to who we -- leaks the whole -- why not prosecute.
At a son shut valves the -- and that's a good question and and not being a lawyer and we had DOJ representatives.
Before -- committee.
And we asked him just that question.
And -- must be something that.
We can do to either prosecute.
Or block that information from continuing to have to come out and be problematic -- -- we've been discussing today the leaks on Afghanistan indicate.
That and I know you can't discuss them the actual cables because they're still classified but they they say the diplomats US diplomats think that.
Karzai is unstable they think that the government has erupted.
Forgetting the cables as the head of the intelligence committee is that your understanding of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan.
Well there's enough information in in the public domain.
That none of that.
Should be a surprise to anyone there there.
There have been hearings both on the house side in -- in the senate side.
Where members of the senate members of the house have both complained about.
Having to deal with.
President Karzai with his Brothers and less than a minute left kind of -- is not a big problem -- trying to win this war well it's a huge problem and part of what I think.
We need to understand is that.
We can afford to have documents like have been.
Who to the media -- you wouldn't have those big problem is we've got.
Five major world news organizations that have we think the whole.
Congressman Sylvester Reyes chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at least for a few more weeks got Dennis thanks so much for coming and thank you very much.
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