Once upon a time diplomatic communications were made by sealed pouch and couriers. It was said that gentlemen who not read another gentleman's mail, yet that is precisely what was done all the time.
One side would do what they could to obtain the parcel open it, copy everything then reseal it and use that information for their own purposes.
So it can be argued that these leaks are new only to those who haven't been paying attention.
is what I'm talking about!
Popular mass media is making Assange out to be a master villain and the leaked info to all be new and scary... Which utterly baffles those of us who have actually been closely following news from the Middle East as well as international politics in general. The cold hard fact is that most of this info is gossip
about things that are all on record and known. What's new
isn't the information, but the gossip perspective
Think of it like you can look at the inquest into Princess Diana's death, with all the results on record and out there if you know where to look. The "leaks" in this analogy would be the sort of things that Charles and Queen Elizabeth, government ministers, Palace staff etc privately commented to each other about it. And the info that the public would be most aware of would be the few saucy titbits the press saw fit to repeat on endless cycles at the time. Access to the private gossip wouldn't tell you anything new, it would just give you yet another perspective on the publicly available info that you had never really bothered to look at the first time, and THAT
fact would mean the press could repackage it as a new story and endlessly repeat it again.
Seems to me that the real
about what Assange has done, it's about how ill-informed the general public tends to be and how the news services endlessly commodify information for entertainment.
...The one positive thing is that with Wikileaks he's giving people the chance to educate themselves WITHOUT
the distorting mediation of the news services. It's hilarious how few people even consider that an option.