It has put in an exceedingly strong showing for the title of Most Irresponsible Organization in the History of Ever. Thanks to its utter incompetence, approximately, a quarter of a million diplomatic dispatches have been put online, unredacted, which means that named informants are now in terrible danger. Good show, and well done! Of course, we may not have faced this problem if WikiLeaks understood and appreciated the commonsense notion that some government secrets must remain just that, and that the revelation of those secrets might put both lives and productive diplomacy in peril. But WikiLeaks decided a while ago to make being responsible secondary to getting lots and lots of publicity, so here we are.
Note that a big part of the reason behind the disclosure has to do with Julian Assange’s inability to play in the sandlot like a grownup with his fellow WikiLeakers; a fact which lends an air of comedy to this entire blunder. In any event, thanks to Assange and WikiLeaks, intelligence and diplomatic sources are going to dry up, and those who have provided intelligence and diplomatic agencies–like ours–with valuable and useful intelligence are likely on the run, fearing for their lives. Wonderful.
Oh, and by the way, you can bet your bottom dollar that WikiLeaks fans, along with all of the people who told us just how very important it was to keep secrets when the likes of Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Dick Cheney were accused of leaking them, will pay no attention whatsoever to this story.