The Pentagon has announced new security safeguards have been put into place to protect classified documents. This action comes after nearly a 250,000 government documents were released online Sunday by the Web site WikiLeaks.
Bradley Manning, the young Army Private First Class, suspected of stealing the diplomatic memos -- many of them classified -- and supplying them to the Web site, could have possibly defeated Pentagon security systems with nothing more than a CD and computer memory stick.
CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell talked what the WikiLeaks breach revealed about the relationships between Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, and Iran on the CBN News Channel's Midday News, Nov. 30. Click play for his comments.
Manning hasn't been charged with releasing the information, but he is considered the prime suspect based on his description of how the heist of information was accomplished.
"No one suspected a thing," Manning told a confidant afterward, according to a log of his computer chat published by Wired.com. "I didn't even have to hide anything."
The documents do not reveal anything top-secret, but revealed a lot about behind-the-scenes U.S. diplomacy.
The documents also revealed several Arab countries remain just as concerned about Iran's nuclear program as are the U.S. and Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder said the administration is taking aggressive steps to hold those accountable for the act.
"This is not saber-rattling," Holder said. Anyone found to have broken American law "will be held responsible."