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What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010

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Throughout this year I've devoted substantial attention to WikiLeaks, particularly in the last four weeks as calls for its destruction intensified. To understand why I've done so, and to see what motivates the increasing devotion of the U.S. Government and those influenced by it to destroying that organization, it's well worth reviewing exactly what WikiLeaks exposed to the world just in the last year: the breadth of the corruption, deceit, brutality and criminality on the part of the world's most powerful factions.

As revealing as the disclosures themselves are, the reactions to them have been equally revealing. The vast bulk of the outrage has been devoted not to the crimes that have been exposed but rather to those who exposed them: WikiLeaks and (allegedly) Bradley Manning. A consensus quickly emerged in the political and media class that they are Evil Villains who must be severely punished, while those responsible for the acts they revealed are guilty of nothing. That reaction has not been weakened at all even by the Pentagon's own admission that, in stark contrast to its own actions, there is no evidence -- zero -- that any of WikiLeaks' actions has caused even a single death. Meanwhile, the American establishment media -- even in the face of all these revelations -- continues to insist on the contradictory, Orwellian platitudes that (a) there is Nothing New in anything disclosed by WikiLeaks and (b) WikiLeaks has done Grave Harm to American National Security through its disclosures.

To read the entire article, and to see a list of the "True Criminals" who dared to reveal these atrocities, go to Salon
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What wikileaks revealed. More important is reactio... by John Smith on Saturday, Dec 25, 2010 at 11:13:03 AM
You are right Jan, the reaction of congress, or go... by Debbie S on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 at 12:36:32 PM
Knowing we live in a world governed by truly evil ... by Roger on Saturday, Dec 25, 2010 at 12:59:57 PM
Freedom of Expression and Laws Protecting Secrecy ... by a urs eugster-demetriades on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 at 2:14:48 AM
"The very word secrecy is repugnant, in a free and... by John Smith on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 at 8:23:17 AM
How far should freedom of speech go? When does ... by YJ Draiman on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 at 9:46:15 AM
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The authoritarian reaction to the courage and hone... by Donald on Sunday, Dec 26, 2010 at 3:59:22 PM