Another reminder:

I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on. I think – I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets.

Adam Serwer adds:

[T]his kind of statement makes the "Wikileaks strikes a blow against American Empire!" and "Assassinate Julian Assange!"crowds look equally ridiculous.

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