DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - In South Mississippi one local veteran is speaking out about the leaks, saying the culprits are pure traitors. Colonel Henry Cook said this has turned into a very dangerous situation for citizens and soldiers.
He said this is treason, and the government needs to handle the situation immediately before it gets worse.
Hundreds of thousands of secret documents are online for the world to see. Veteran Henry Cook, who spent more than 30 years in the Army, believes this is worthy of a death sentence.
"It's an offense that's punishable by death. And that wouldn't be too unkind to me to take someone who is responsible that could be the murder of a lot of our citizens and soldiers and put them to death because they did that," Col. Henry Cook said. "It's treason, pure and simple."
The documents that were once secrets now reveal what happened behind closed doors with foreign allies, back room deals and much more. Cook said these cables, that were supposed to be protected, could end many innocent lives.
"It's not far from the realm of reality to say people will die because of this," said Cook.
The confidential paperwork is accessible to anyone and Cook said he was astonished when he was able to pull it up himself.
"All of the copies I saw online of the cables were classifies secret and slash F, which is no foreign dissemination. So, it's kind of a double whammy that it's not just a secret in house that shouldn't be let outside those who need to know those things, but it also exposes those things to foreign governments that aren't supposed to see that," said Cook.
Cook puts some of the blame on our government, saying it needs to step up and show some political will to stop the leaks immediately.
"Because something needs to be done to protect. They know who the culprits are. They know where the leaks occurred and you know there are villains somewhere that's not being prosecuted. They're traitors, pure and simple."
According to the U.S. Attorney General's Office, it has launched a criminal investigation into the leaks. Officials said anyone found responsible will be prosecuted.