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Those Damn Wikileaks

December 13, 2010

One, there’s no scandal. No need for a resignation anywhere in the foreign policy establishment. This is no Pentagon Papers, no Watergate. No illegalities uncovered.

Second, it reveals a diplomatic service doing its job to a high degree of professionalism. The quality of its reports out of Russia and Pakistan lift your optimism about the future of writing itself, let alone State Department acuity.

But if someone – in the Middle East for example – gets assassinated because his quiet conversation with an American diplomat was revealed then the under-educated egomaniac responsible for these rafts of papers making the media will be the one with blood on his hands.

  1. Dean permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:21 am

    I would say the fault would lie with whose ever decision it was to make these hundreds of thousands of cables accessible by 3 million people in the first place. If there are any actual names or identifying information about informants in of any of these cables, I would extremely surprised.

  2. john permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:24 am

    Yeah … because, you know, no one ever lost their lives because of the manipulative, over-educated, conspiring ego-maniacs that were quoted in the original papers.

    You got any dirty secrets, Bob?

    I bet you do … but that’s just my uneducated guess.

  3. Dejan Tesic permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:30 pm

    Dear Bob,

    The only assassination thus far is the one mentioned in threats to Julian Assange coming from the extreme right wing of the US politics.

    D. T.

  4. Stuart permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:14 pm

    I am concerned that our PM has been so quick to denounce Julian Assange by condeming Wikileaks and stating that he has broken the law. If Mr Assange has broken the law PM, perhaps you could tell us which one, or should we stay posted to wikileaks and hope to see a diplomatic letter on the subject.

    American politicians have been seen on TV stating that Mr Assange should be assassinated or recieve capital punishment for his crimes! When will the Australian Government denounce these comments and demand to know what crimes Mr Assange has broken.

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