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Obligatory WikiLeaks Apocalypse Post

Posted on | November 28, 2010 | 23 Comments

The biggest headline of the massive 250,000-document dump by Julian Assange’s organization is probably this:

Prince Abdullah: Neo-Con Warhawk?

Dude. When it turns out Saudi royalty is on the same page with Bill Kristol vis-a-vis the need to bomb Iran, you know Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime is in trouble.

More seriously: This WikiLeaks dump is extraordinarily damaging to U.S. foreign policy. It impairs the trust of our allies if their confidential communications with our diplomats are not secure. Even the New York Times — which for 40 years has had an unstated editorial policy of undermining America’s national security at every opportunity — feels the need to defend itself for reporting on these leaks.

The investigation to find the persons inside the U.S. government responsible for these disclosures should be a top administration priority, and Congress should hold hearings into the evident laxity with classified information. The White House issues a bland statement, but am I the only one who has noticed that WikiLeaks didn’t seem to have unfettered access to America’s top secrets until the Obama administration came to town?

Massive aggregation at Memeorandum, with more reports from Spiegel, Haaretz, The Hill and the Wall Street Journal, and blog commentary by Moe LaneWeasel Zippers, Legal Insurrection,  Yid With LidOutside the Beltway, Melissa ClouthierDonald Douglas at American PowerGateway PunditInstapundit and Vodkapundit. Dude, that’s a lot of “pundits.”

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!

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