I am viscerally dreading the latest Wikileaks dump. Can’t do details, but I think a lot of genuinely good programs are under direct threat from this, to say nothing of how many Ambassadors will be recalled which will stall out several rounds of important negotiations.
Here’s what gets me. Lots of people enjoyed gloating that “nothing bad” really happened after the leak of the first Wikileaks. Except we still get occasional indications that some within the Taliban haven’t moved on:
A spokesman for the militant movement said it would scour the files for the names of Afghan intelligence sources who had given the Nato-led coalition information on the insurgents.
If found and captured the informers would be tried and punished by the Taliban’s shadow system of courts which extends throughout Afghanistan.
The spokesman would not say what punishment the movement would exact, but Taliban fighters routinely behead, hang or shoot dead those considered to be spies or associated with foreign troops.
It’s probably up for grabs about what this really means: if they’re really doing that or just posturing for a reporter. There’s probably not a systematic attempt to sift through the data, but I don’t doubt that if they come across a name, they’d respond.
What really bothers me is, how do people see this sort of thing and still think Wikileaks is a force for good in the world? I’m lost on that one.