Actually Reading The Cables

Amy Davidson takes a step back from the Wikileaks drama:

The Guardian is asking its readers what it should look for in the WikiLeaks files. Why can’t they look themselves? Although it is sometimes obscured in the coverage, and for all the talk of anarchic cyberwar, only a tiny per cent of the quarter of a million files have actually been made available to the public, pretty much just those the Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, El Pais, and Le Monde have released. That is why one should be skeptical of anyone saying that there aren’t big scandals heredoes any single person know enough about what makes people in all the countries that come up in the cables angry to say that? Some of the newest releases, about oil companies in Africa and an apparent request that the Ugandan government at least tell us before it used our intelligence to commit war crimes, to name just two examplesshould at least stop a person. The many plot developments related to WikiLeaks’ efforts to stay online can distract one from the task of sitting down and reading, and thinking about, the cables.