Lots of info to digest, so here are some random thoughts: Whatever you think about the information itself, it is a crime to steal classified information.
The ends don’t justify the means. There isn’t anything in here (i.e. The Pentagon Papers) that justifies this crime in the name of moral clarity — of doing the right thing.
This in a lot of ways is a story about how hard it is to work in Government today and have any kind of freedom. Imagine if everything you said and wrote was captured on wikileaks. Yes these are public officials, but they are also entitled to some level of private deliberation. This is the new world we live in, however…
OMG, the incompetence! How can it be that someone can download all this info onto a flash drive…if it’s SECRET and CLASSIFIED?! Can it be that easy to steal information? Who runs the government computer systems anyway?
— Jeff K