"Let's be clear, and I want to make clear that I'm clear on this." (ap photo)
While the rest of the Af-Pak universe has a collective thrombosis over the release of more than 90,000 pages of secret documents on the war in Afghanistan, the White House is all side-eye and shrugs.
In a weird bit of communications Twister(tm), the administration is saying both that the release of the documents harms national security -- and also that the contents of the documents were mostly well-known and not a big deal.
"We don't exactly have a cloistered evaluation of our policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "That's not the way we've operated."
"Based on the fact that there's no broad revelations in this, our concern isn't that people might know that we're concerned about safe havens in Pakistan or that we're concerned, as we are, about civilian casualties," Gibbs said. "Loard, all you need is a laptop and a mouse to figure that out, or 50 cents or $1.50 depending on which newspaper you buy." (or free, if you are picking up the Examiner! -- JM)
"But what generally governs the classification of these documents are names, operations, personnel, people that are cooperating, all of which, if it's compromised, has a compromising effect on our security," he said.
The White House had hoped to talk about other things this week -- financial regulation! The economy! Anything. It will be worth watching to see if this effort to kill Wikileak with indifference is effective.