"Acceptable, Beneficent Dishonesty"

Weigel compares different Wikileaks document dumps:

The difference between these [diplomatic cable] WikiLeaks and the Afghanistan and Iraq leaks -- which drew a much more supportive response from the American left -- is that the diplomats mentioned in the cables are not enabling wars. The WikiLeaks preamble to its endless leaks promised that some level of venality would be revealed, some grand statement about how America's ideals had been lost since the days of George Washington, and we haven't seen that. The problems coming out of the cables are almost entirely message problems, of diplomats revealed to read local news and harbor the same doubts about foreign governments that local reporters do.