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Why in the world do people never learn? Who thinks it is a good idea to release extremely classified material on a game internet forum? I just don't get it!

You'd think the idiot leakers got slapped down so hard that eventually others tempted to do something so mind bogglingly imbecilic would realize that this was not their best idea. Or are they just not able to find them?

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5 hours ago, Pharaoh RutinTutin said:

There are people who will never comprehend that just because you can do something does not mean you should do that thing

I dunno. I agree with your basic premise, but it takes a special kind of stupid to have been granted access to classified information, which invariably involves a significant amount of training regarding the consequences of releasing it, and acknowledging this with your signature that you understand the consequences, then throwing all of that away to win an argument online with some bonehead you are never likely to actually meet.

The Internet seems to have lowered the bar to being stupid in this regard. Maybe it's not quite fair for me, who views the Internet as an adjunct to life, to judge someone who grew up with it and sees it as more real and central to life than I do.

Our leadership has not been a great example regarding handling classified. Trump was and is egregious, but Joe Biden and Hillary before them have been far less than stellar. (Hillary showed bad judgement, but I don't recall that classified material was involved.)

Then there's a couple of high profile cases of people releasing classified for perceived moral reasons - not looking to debate the merits, just saying, it lowers the bar for boneheads.

It does not help that the classification is often used to cover up wrongdoing. That, of course, was never it's stated intent.

Also note, I did a Google search for the story, and found that this was not one event; there have been multiple releases to War Thunder from the US and from others.

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2 hours ago, Darth Fluffy said:

Also note, I did a Google search for the story, and found that this was not one event; there have been multiple releases to War Thunder from the US and from others.

War thunder has had, at last count 6 releases, 1 from the UK, 2 from France, 1 from the PRC and 2 from the US.  I may be missing one.

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