The latest Wikileaks dump is the most recent salvo in an information counterwar that’s been going on for quite some time. Here’s one of the better articles about it, if you want some information about the major issues and players.
I’ll only add that when I say this counterwar has been going on for quite some time, I mean a very long time. One of the first shots fired was the Pentagon Papers, which helped establish the willingness of the MSM to print what heretofore would have been considered secret documents counterproductive to a war effort in which we are still engaged. I wrote about the phenomenon and its aftermath here:
…[I]t appears that national security whistleblowers are being encouraged to act as virtual moles within their own organizations, remaining in their jobs in order to gain more of the sensitive material and to reveal it as they see fit, according to the dictates of their individual consciences, and often for political reasons. And the idea that there will be any serious legal consequences for the whistleblowers has been weakened; Ellsberg expected to be charged with treason (and was, [although he never came to trial; charges were dropped because of Watergate]), but many whistleblowers today seem to consider such possibilities to be idle threats.
There is now an entire cottage industry dedicated to this sort of thing, composed of self-righteous crusaders against any sort of war in which the US in engaged. Since they can’t pin enough atrocities on the US, their main goal, they now resort to something like the latest Wikileads data, which implicates the Iraqi forces who were allied with us.
Of course, Wikileaks is silent on the much greater atrocities committed then—and now—by the enemy in Iraq, both by Saddam’s government before the war and then the “insurgents.” The folks at Wikileaks have no solution to the problems of aggression, terrorism, evil, or the carnage committed by our enemies, and they don’t care that their work is going to hurt our soldiers and give the enemy aid and comfort and fuel for its own propaganda war. It’s almost as though the enemy doesn’t exist for them, except as victim.
[NOTE: I have not read the Wikileaks data itself, only the descriptions of it.
And here is another piece I've written about Ellsberg, in this case about his "Truth-Telling Project." Here is a description:
“The Truth-Telling Project”–now, what might that be? Wretchard quotes from its web page, which offers the following description of the organization’s purpose and function:
"The Truth-Telling Coalition, comprised of high-level national security truth-tellers, as well as non-profit whistleblower organizations, provides a personal and legal support network for each other and for government insiders considering becoming truth-tellers."
So, according to its own description, the group appears to be an organization dedicated to supporting the spilling of secrets by national security officers in the interests of “truth.”
Please read the whole post.]