U.S. Diplomatic Cables Leak

The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment. It is for governments to guard public secrets, and there is no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks' revelations.

The revelations [in the leaked U.S. diplomatic cables] do not have the startling, coldblooded immediacy of the WikiLeaks war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan, with their astonishing insight into the minds of fighting men seemingly detached from the ethics of war. The's disclosures are largely of analysis and high-grade gossip. Insofar as they are sensational, it is in showing the corruption and mendacity of those in power, and the mismatch between what they claim and what they do. Few will be surprised to know that Vladimir Putin runs the world's most sensational kleptocracy, that the Saudis wanted the Americans to bomb Iran, or that Pakistan's ISI is hopelessly involved with Taliban groups of fiendish complexity.

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