Wikileaks Can Kill מנלן?
The Wikileaks documents are out and world news organizations are trying to find the best stories out of them to share with the world.
Before they were even released, they were being condemned by American leaders in the strongest terms:
Long Island Rep. Peter King told 1010 WINS the release of the information put “American lives at risk all over the world.”
“This is worse even than a physical attack on Americans, it’s worse than a military attack,” King said.
The Torah has lots to say about revealing secrets as well. This page on the Daat website has a plethora of information about the topic. And the following information comes from that page.
Among the statements from Haza"l about revealing secrets, one at least shows that revealing secrets can kill. This is from an old Midrash (בית המדרש, שהוציא לאור א' ילינק, חלק ג, עמ' 126, מתוך 'מדרש גדול וגדולה' ) that says:
The Menorat Hama'or Great is covering up secrets for whoever reveals his friend's secret, it's as if he has spilled blood, as it says (Vayikra 19:16): 'Do not go as a peddler... [Do not stand on the blood of your friend]'.explains this juxtaposition of verses:
So, Rep. King isn't too far off.כל המגלה לאדם דברים שדבר עליו אחר בסתר נקרא רכיל... ולא עוד אלא שיוכל להיות סבה לשפוך דם, לכך כתב סמוך לו 'לא תעמוד על דם רעך'. וכתיב (יחזקאל כב, ט): '(אנשי)[הולכי] רכיל היו בך למען שפך דם', אולי יהרוג זה לזה בסבת הרכילות.Whoever reveals to a man words that another man spoke to him secretly is called a 'peddler'...And not only that, but it could be a reason to spill blood. Therefore, the verse is juxtaposed to it: 'Do not stand on the blood of your friend'. And it is written (Yehezkel 22:9) 'Those who walk as peddlers were among you in order to spill blood.' Perhaps, they will kill each other due to gossiping.