The massive WikiLeaks document dump a week ago that found its way onto the front pages and websites of the New York Times, The Guardian of London, and Germany's Der Spiegel dominated news coverage for a couple of days last week, and that, along with two other major issues involving Afghanistan, made it topic du jour on the Sunday morning talk shows.
Those other issues included the cold hard fact that July was the deadliest month for U.S. soldiers in the nearly nine-year war in Afghanistan, and the fact that more than 100 House Democrats (including for the first time Tampa's Kathy Castor) voted against funding the war, three times the number that had ever done so previously.
On the issue of the morality of WikiLeaks, led by 39-year-old Australian Julian Assange, Defense Secretary Robert Gates talked tough while speaking to ABC's Christine Amanpour, making her debut as the new host of ABC's This Week.
AMANPOUR: Are you worried? I mean Admiral Mullen said that this leak basically has blood on its hands?
GATES: Well, I mean given the Taliban's statement, I think it — it basically proves the point. And my attitude on this is that there are two — two areas of culpability. One is legal culpability. And that's up to the Justice Department and others. That's not my arena. But there's also a moral culpability. And that's where I think the verdict is guilty on WikiLeaks. They have put this out without any regard whatsoever for the consequences.
Over on Fox News, conservative commentator Liz Cheney says President Obama should direct Iceland to shut down the website.
"I would really like to see President Obama to move to ask the government of Iceland to shut that website down. I would like to see him move to shut it down ourselves if Iceland won't do it. I would like to see them move aggressively to prosecute Mr. Assange and certainly ensure that he never again gets a visa to enter the United States."