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Wikileaks Strikes Again

Folks, this could get ugly:

A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks posted the first installment of the archive on its Web site on Sunday.

Among the revelations: debates about Pakistan’s nuclear fuel, North Korea’s collapse and Chinese cyber-warfare.  About 10% of them have some grade of classification.  Many of them describe conservations and assessments that could cause a diplomatic nightmare, especially in our relationship with the UK.

In general, I’m in favor of open government.  I think classification and secrecy are used far too liberally in our government.  But I’m not sure what the point of releasing this information is if not to embarrass and frustrate the United States.  And the revelation of the secret agendas of numerous Islamic governments has the potential to cause major havoc in our efforts to defeat radicalism.

What has been gained?  Is it worth it?  Where do we strike the balance between an open society and national needs?  I’m not sure but my initial impression is that Wikileaks is to far over it by a good margin.  For once, I’m going to quote LGF:

I don’t recall voting for Julian Assange. As he sets himself up as the arbiter of government morality, and recklessly reveals secrets that will distort and vastly complicate international relations, and very probably cause innocent people to suffer and die, who will hold himaccountable? Who does he answer to?

We’ll find out more as this unfolds.  Hold on to your hats.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/28/10 at 08:34 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • Permalink


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