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Written by: Diana West
Monday, November 29, 2010 5:08 AM 

Just scanned the NYT story on the Wikileaks document dump -- which is itself a scan of the Wikileaks document dump, given that a colossal 251,287 State Department cables have been released in this Internet/media robbery/fencing information-operation.

The several items highlighted at this early stage are either (1) obvious (Afghan government officials are corrupt! Saudis support Al Qaeda!) (2) of watch-that-space interest (Berlusconi and Putin are big pals) or (3) of urgent public interest (Syria supplies Hezbollah;  Pakistan isn't accepting our plan for their nuke materials, or, as the Politico story noted and the NYT did not, North Korea managed to ship 19 advanced, nuclear-capable, Russian-made missiles to Iran, etc.).

All of this -- particularly the more personal assessments of world players that were also released --  is embarrassing to the US government. (And no doubt worrisome to the 854,000 Americans with top secret security clearance.) But at least at this breathless front-page stage, is any of the information harmful to the national interest such as it is? Lawrence Auster wonders why he is on the whole unmoved by the whole event. The answer may well have something to do with the fact that there is nothing about the leaks per se that is more injurious to the United States of America than our own foreign policy.

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