Imagine if Wikileaks had been around just before Normandy in 1944, and revealed the deception plans (Man Who Never Was etc). The results would have been catastrophic. Whilst there is a justification to follow up the episodes of civilian casualties in particular, there should be strict rules on not compromising troops in the field by unnessary disclosures by such people, however well meaning.
"Imagine if Wikileaks had been around just before Normandy in 1944"
I wonder what it would have been like if the current press had been around in WW1. They kick up a storm when one soldier dies, just imagine how the Currant Bun would react if they were faced with 60,000 dead tommies on 1st July 1916
Maybe it will give us a better understanding why there is so much hatred felt for Britian and the US. The civilains of Afghanastan and Iraq have been seeing these kind of "mistakes" happening for years
The problem in this context is, will we recognise the truth when we see it?
We've created a world in which it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep secret information secret for long. A few mouse clicks, and the most sensitive information can be made available to millions, regardless of the consequences.
The response on the part of government agencies may be to increase security measures, and we'll end up knowing less and less about more and more.
Double edged sword, On one hand the public should know the truth, on the other this is "manner from heaven to those wishing to radicalise young hot heads and ultimately could cost lives. Regardless of leaks the truth eventually comes out.