Mr. Wikileaks, the self-appointed arbiter of world politics, is a cyber-terrorist and not a crusader. But the information is not revelatory; but its publication is like yelling fire in a crowded theater.
And really, is the world a safer place because we know that a diplomat thinks Silvio Berlusconi is feckless and a womanizer? Or that Quaddafi travels with a voluptuous nurse? This suggests that Mr. WikiLeaks is out to embarrass people and not to save the world.
And does the world (and specifically terrorists) need to know that the US is SECRETLY (oops, WAS SECRETLY) trying to secure some of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal? And did anyone doubt that the Afghan government is corrupt to its core?
To review. Before this weekend, we knew, among other things, that:
- China is our biggest creditor;
- China can be an immense military and economic enemy if threatened;
- China views North Korea as a buffer between it and the Western sphere of influence in the Korean peninsula;
- South Korea is one of our biggest trading partners and buyer of US goods and thus key to our economic recovery;
- North Korea is ruled by lunatics and they have a nuclear arsenal;
- Iran probably has or is about to have nuclear weapons making the Middle East evermore the powder keg of the world;
- Secretly every ruler in the Middle East hates Ahmedinejad and wants Iran disarmed;
- The US cannot afford to fight another war; and
- Hamid Karzai and his merry band of traffickers run one of the most corrupt governments in one of the most ungovernable areas of the world.
Now we know that:
- The US and South Korea are planning for a united Korea (assuming North Korea implodes) allied with the US which will freak out China;
- Some Middle East countries (other than Israel) hate Iran enough to want the US to attack;
- Iran is really close to having nuclear weapons; and
- Karzai’s brother regularly shakes down countries and is paid millions of dollars in unmarked bags.
Net Gain: Zero Information.
Net Loss: Now countries may have to respond with harsh words, sanctions or firepower because delicate diplomatic balances have been disrupted and bonds of trust breached. Gee, just what we needed.