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Rick Moran


April 8, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Wikileaks has proudly announced their next treasure trove of US secrets they are dumping on the world. More than 1.7 million cables and reports from the period 1973-1976 will be available to peruse to your anti-American heart’s content.

If these hackers are so all-powerful, why don’t they try hacking the diplomatic archives of the old Soviet Union? We couldn’t have that — that would show a balanced view of the historical landscape. This is something Wikileaks is desperate to avoid at all costs. The goal here is to undermine American leadership. Confusing people by showing how there were times that America was responding to moves made by the Soviet Union would ruin the narrative of America as bully, America as sinner — not sinned against.

The Guardian:

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks had been working for the past year to analyse and assess a vast amount of data held at the US national archives before releasing it in a searchable form.

WikiLeaks has called the collection the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), describing it as the world’s largest searchable collection of US confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications.

Assange told Press Association the information showed the vast range and scope of US diplomatic and intelligence activity around the world.

Henry Kissinger was US secretary of state and national security adviser during the period covered by the collection, and many of the reports were written by him or were sent to him. Thousands of the documents are marked NODIS (no distribution) or Eyes Only, as well as cables originally classed as secret or confidential.

Assange said WikiLeaks had undertaken a detailed analysis of the communications, adding that the information eclipsed Cablegate, a set of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks from November 2010 and over the following year. He said WikiLeaks had developed sophisticated technical systems to deal with complex and voluminous data.

Top secret documents were not available, while some others were lost or irreversibly corrupted for periods including December 1975 and March and June 1976, said Assange.

For some historians, the document dump is a godsend. Most of these cables wouldn’t have been available for 30 years or more and they certainly flesh out the bare bones of knowledge we have about US actions during this period.

I just wonder how much history you can write looking at only one side of the equation.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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"If these hackers are so all-powerful, why don’t they try hacking the diplomatic archives of the old Soviet Union?"

To play Devil's advocate here a bit: Are we sure they are even digitized? There has already been several very good books on the archive, some co-authored by former KGB defectors. China (and Russia) probably will never scan and digitize historical docs for this very reason. If you control access, you reduce the risk of them leaking.

Second, WikiLeaks itself relies on leaks - remember that Bradley Manning gave WikiLeaks their biggest scoop, not any hacker. Western countries aren't as hard on leakers (i.e. doesn't kill them and their families), so it's not surprising there are more leaks from non-Authoritarian countries.

As for Assange - he's a sellout. He lost just about any respect he had after taking the gig with Russia Today. Only his die-hard fans still believe he's honest and actually interested in openness.
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Well, can the argument be made that they are acting as enemy cyber-terrorists, stealing US necessary military that a drone could drop a Hellfire missile in their laps?

I would rather see the argument extended here than toward American Catholics, Christians and Orthodox Jews in our DoD training sessions, but in this administration, I might be in a very small minority on that one.

In fact, some of them might have just given the information to Assange if he asked them...or at least handed it to the NY Times, anyway.

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"If these hackers are so all-powerful, why don’t they try hacking the diplomatic archives of the old Soviet Union?"

Or Maoist China? Or Pol Pot's Cambodia? Or Castroite Cuba? etc. etc.

Any pretence of being objective or neutral is utterly lost when Assange and his minions access only the secrets (and former secrets) of the United States. You simply can't take that stance seriously unless they are equally resourceful about leaking information from countries that are not "on the same page" as the USA.

But of course the Leftists and their captive media ignore that and act as if Wikileaks IS neutral and objective and simply ignore the absence of leaks from any country OTHER THAN the US or its close allies.

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