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Tuesday
Dec072010

After WikiLeaks, Other Countries Less Cooperative, According to US Official

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Without providing any details, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Tuesday the U.S. government gets the sense that individuals and/or governments are pulling back in how they cooperate with the U.S. in the wake of the WikiLeaks episode.

“Generally, there’s been a retrenchment, “ said Lapan.

Admitting that it’s hard to quantify, "we have gotten indications that there is at least some change in how individuals and governments cooperate with us, and share information,"  said Lapan.  He noted having those secrets out there “changed things.”

He indicated that maybe some informants-to-be or intelligence sources might not be stepping forward to provide information out of concerns they could be exposed, or that governments might become more "circumspect with the information they share with us because of the perception that we can’t protect those secrets or that information. "

Without getting into details, he said spoke of a vague “sense that there has been some pulling back because of these revelations.”

As for the information posted on the WikiLeaks site, Lapan spoke broadly that America’s enemies have used them to their advantage. "We have knowledge that our adversaries are out there using this information, but how they are exactly changing their tactics is hard to quantify," he said.  

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