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State Dept.: WikiLeaks Cable Leaks Actually Not That Bad

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Drawing/picture of Julian Assange

Illustration: Mataparda, on a photo from Espen Moe

Internal U.S. government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to U.S. interests abroad, despite the Obama administration’s public statements to the contrary.

A congressional official briefed on the reviews said the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations had seriously damaged American interests in order to bolster legal efforts to shut down the WikiLeaks website and bring charges against the leakers.

U.S. officials privately say WikiLeaks damage limited.

To be fair, you need to read the whole story to get the whole picture (duh):

National security officials familiar with the damage assessments being conducted by defense and intelligence agencies told Reuters the reviews so far have shown “pockets” of short-term damage, some of it potentially harmful. Long-term damage to U.S. intelligence and defense operations, however, is unlikely to be serious, they said.

Nevertheless, we now know that the rhetoric of a few months ago was vastly overblown.

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