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Nov 30, 2010

Wikileak memos

The Wikileaks release of the diplomatic cables has been accompanied by lots of government grandstanding, but I get the distinct impression that very few real secrets are contained in these documents. As usual, it seems we classify a lot more things than really need to be classified, just to save face. Mostly our own.

And for me, this reinforces the idea that these "secrets" are open topics between the various governments involved; what upsets these officials is that we normal citizens now see what they're talking about behind closed doors. It goes to show how far removed the people are from their "own" governments.

There may be real security implications, but I can't help but feeling the elite all over the world are mostly just miffed that someone broke through their curtain and showed some mostly harmless backroom dealings and offhand comments.

I plan on reading the memos rather extensively for fun.

4 comments:

rmaguir said...

Amen.

I wouldn't use the term miffed. I do think officials genuinely believe that this stuff needs to be done behind closed doors, when we probably actually be a stronger country if it didn't. What they don't always realize is that they're making their job harder by driving a wedge between those who really do understand how the international works (or doesn't) and those on the outside who just assume it's broken because they only hear about how it doesn't work.

STOP Ma said...

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Wikileaks is releasing these documents in waves. Something tells me they're saving the best for later.

I don't think the U.S. would be launching criminal probes if they didn't think Wikileaks had something substantial.
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Corey said...

Releasing in waves guarantees more attention to specific documents; if released all at once, there would be too much to sift through, kind of like the Afghanistan and Iraq war documents.

It seems much more calculated, this time, so that issues will make it to the press, instead of being relegated to Internet message boards.

But, haven't places like the Times already received the entire bundle? If so, those places have basically put to rest anything "big," as the general consensus of what they have is, basically, that it's stuff we know but that governments didn't want us to know we [truly] knew.

STOP Ma said...

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Wikileaks has just released documents detailing the Obama administration actively participating with the GOP in the derailing of a war crimes investigation (by Spain) -- concerning the Bush administration officials.

I don't think you can still say that these Wikileaks are not substantial anymore.

This is an impeachable offense and will cause massive waves among Democrat supporters.

...and there is more to come...
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