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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Distinguishing “Wikileaks” from the Pentagon Papers: One PJP Fellow’s Insight
"...this dump of secret documents has nothing in common with the Pentagon Papers, despite Daniel Ellsberg’s mistaken praise of WikiLeaks. Ellsberg’s act aimed to reveal government dissembling in the launch of the Vietnam War, as laid out in particular documents. These recent leaks reveal no plots or scandals...Instead, by dumping large amounts of unfiltered data without concern for the contents, Assange has endangered lives. The documents expose U.S. informants who could be arrested. Human-rights organizations fear the leaks will endanger activists and journalists whose names are in U.S. cables. Newspapers that received the leaks have carefully redacted any such names, but as Assange puts secret cables online, he might not be so discreet...
And although journalists have extracted some good stories from the material — on Pakistan, Iran, China and North Korea — there is little that has not been written about before."
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer