So you may have heard about the latest furore caused by WikiLeaks. The Guardian is claiming that it has sparked a ‘global diplomatic crisis’. And who knows, it may well do. But from what I have read of the leaks so far there seems to be nothing sensational or shocking contained within them. Conspiracy theorists must be disappointed. I was expecting the ‘truth’ about 9/11 or evidence of alien visitations. Instead we get items that can be safely filed under ‘No Shit, Sherlock’. Benedict Brogan says as much in The Telegraph:
However much the Guardian, the New York Times and Julian Assange assure us that this represents a shattering blow to every assumption we hold about foreign relations, the fact remains that it’s a collection of little substance that will do nothing to reshape geo-politics. The Saudis would like someone to whack Iran? No kidding. Afghanistan is run by crooks? Really? Hillary Clinton would like to know a lot more about the diplomats she is negotiating against? You surprise me. The Russian government may have links to organised crime? Pass the smelling salts, Petunia. The Americans are secretly whacking al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen? What, you thought the Yemenis were doing it? Muammar Qaddafi has a full time, pneumatic Ukrainian ‘nurse’? Nice one. Diplomats are terrified of Pakistan’s nukes? Me too. And so on, ad infinite boredom.
Much of the information appears to be idle gossip. It is the equivalent of someone getting drunk at a party and saying something catty behind someone’s back, and hoping what you said won’t be related back to the person the next day. Some of the information is quite funny.
US officials referred to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an “Alpha Male,” while President Dmitry Medvedev is “afraid, hesitant.”
The question is, are these things in the public interest? Personally, I think not.