Sunday, November 28, 2010

WikiLeaks Begins Dropping 250,000+ Secret US Documents

So far there has not really been anything that would qualify as 'explosive'. It is mostly confirmation of what was suspected. It is frighting to think that if WikiLeaks was able to get such penetration on our intelligence, how deep have our adversaries penetrated. More is certainly to come, and my fear is we are about to discover the administration has experienced some less than 'smart' diplomacy.

Scott Johnson points out some hypocrisy on the part of the NY Times.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/11/027788.php

"The New York Times is participating in the dissemination of the stolen State Department cables that have been made available to it in one way or another via WikiLeaks. My friend Steve Hayward recalls that only last year the New York Times ostentatiously declined to publish or post any of the Climategate e-mails because they had been illegally obtained. Surely readers will recall Times reporter Andrew Revkin's inspiring statement of principle: "The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won't be posted here."
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Interested readers may want to compare and contrast Revkin's statement of principle with the editorial note posted by the Times on the WikiLeaks documents this afternoon. Today the Times cites the availability of the documents elsewhere and the pubic interest in their revelations as supporting their publication by the Times. Both factors applied in roughly equal measure to the Climategate emails.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/29cables.html

"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 220 cables, some redacted to protect diplomatic sources, in the first installment of the archive on its Web site on Sunday.
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