The DesMoines Register recently published an new report entitled: "Iowa National Guard in Afghanistan: Odd Sanctuary provides safety (photos, videos, interviews) dated 3-17-2011 3:51 AM. (source: www.desmoinesregister.com).
It was a great report, except for the fact that it included information that could be considered valuable to enemy intelligence agents and spies, especially when you can get detailed photos, videos, interviews, name, ranks, of specific units operating in a theater of war, along with a reference point identifier to their exact location in Afghanistan. You can't get much more specific than that.
In looking at the tape and the photos, the list of individual soldiers are named. With that information it's possible these soldiers could become targets for psychological warfare. Or blackmail in some cases.
You never want to tell the enemy your exact location, or unit. But this is exactly what has happened. The Iowa National Guard Press office should have never authorized publication of so much information. As a result the information is available for anyone who wants it on-line. Unfortunately that includes the Taliban, which relies a lot on the Internet just like everybody else for their information.
This is a pretty serious compromise of operational security. Few people will however recognize it for that here in the United States, like they will in Afghanistan.
When I first looked at the report it as 26 minutes old, and registering hundreds of hits from all around the world.
I give it another 4 hours maybe before it is presented to the local Taliban commander in that area in the form of a detailed battlefield intelligence report.
The specific National Guard unit compromised was the headquarters unit of the Iowa Guards 1-168th Battalion.
Individual soldiers compromised included a half dozen or more people mentioned by 'name and rank' - we will, however not mention their name for security reasons.