Wikileaks provided a database of documents to several newspapers in order to generate publicity for the impending release of the Afghanistan documents. The newspapers had a come-to-Jesus meeting with Assange in which David Leigh, the Guardian editor, strongly urged Assange to redact the names of low-level Afghan informants. According to Leigh in the Frontline piece referenced by the OP, Assange’s response was “These people were collaborators, informants. They deserve to die.”
Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/wikileaks/etc/transcript.html#ixzz1NamRwDyT
Three days later, Assange went ahead and published 70,000 documents without redactions. He was unwilling to take any additional time to make an effort to review the stolen files.
Your reference to giving the State Department the documents for their comments and redaction is barely true. First of all, Assange first proffered the idea of having the government edit the documents by sending an email to an AP reporter for him to pass on to the White House. The reporter did so with the caveat that the reporter did not believe Assange’s offer to be in good faith.
The government then told Assange that they would not cooperate with his efforts to publish the stolen classified material. The General Counsel of the State Department made clear that they would not participate in the process: Link.
Assange’s efforts to have the State Department or the Pentagon do what he is unwilling to do, but reputable journalists are willing to do (edit the documents before release) does not mean he is acting responsibly. That’s just laughable. He’s trying to pawn off work on others, and then blaming them for not cooperating with him.
As far as your last question goes, I don’t know of anyone who has been killed because of Wikileaks. I’m not sure we would know if some low-level informant gets killed. But that doesn’t mean that the activity isn’t reckless, as the editors of several major newspapers warned Assange. To use another example, if I smoke crack, drive my car at 140 mph, and shoot an AK-47 out the window, are those actions responsible if nobody gets killed; but reckless if someone does indeed get hurt?
On a slightly different issue, how do you feel about Jonathan Pollard? He was the American who gave secrets to Israel, and is now serving a life sentence. Do you think he did anything wrong?