On WikiLeaks, remember: Loose lips sink ships

November 29, 2010

On Good Friday, April 1945, my military unit at Kelley Field near San Antonio was hustled to the mess hall, windows covered, two armed MPs outside. Ninety-nine enlisted men, two junior commissioned officers and a captain were inside. Windows were covered. We were given plans for the invasion of Japan with a large map tacked on the wall and a two-week window for the operation date. At the end of the meeting, everyone was given a 10-day emergency furlough. If you lived in Texas, great, because not much travel time involved. If you lived in Baltimore, two days by train each way, meaning only six days at home.

The scene was repeated at many locations across the country and the Pacific. At no time did the top secret information leak out, even to our families who might be seeing loved ones for the last time.

Fast forward to the 21st century: Now everything that goes on is either public information or leaked by those with the information or the ability to broadcast it ("Cables: U.S. urged to hit Iran," Nov. 29).

It is a disgrace and should never have happened. Government officials should be super cautious with correspondence and not depend on computers to safeguard secrets. It is no secret that secrets on the computer can be obtained by potential adversaries. We are out own worst enemy in the world.

Richard L. Lelonek, Baltimore

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