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Sen. McCain Wants Heads to Roll for WikiLeaks, But Others Say Not Likely

Photo Courtesy - NBC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., demanded Tuesday that top brass be disciplined for the massive security breach of classified documents that are now spilling out of the WikiLeaks website, but former Washington officials said it is unlikely that anyone will be held accountable beyond the lowly private who is now in jail.

"Let's go back to the principle of need-to-know. Why would a private first class have access to all of this information? Somebody is responsible for that and it isn't just the private first class. They should be held accountable for a change," McCain told ABC News Tuesday.

WikiLeaks' latest release Tuesday will no doubt continue to strain already sensitive relationships and add pressure on the military to hold someone accountable.

Since the first tranche of cables was released Sunday, federal agencies have launched investigations, promised improved regulations, and vowed to prosecute Army Private Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks director Julian Assange.

Manning has been held in a Quantico, Va., brig awaiting court-martial since July, but no senior officials or military officers have taken responsibility for the historic security breach and none have been threatened with losing their jobs.

"We probably are not going to see heads roll," said Gen. Jack Keane, a retired four-star general and former Acting Army Chief of Staff. "The supervisors in this case will likely get a pass because this is a major deception."

The military says it will not comment on who, if anyone else might be held responsible until it completes an ongoing investigation.

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