This blog post raises, in my mind, the additional question, why don't we get the MSM releasing classified information from State? Why is it usually Defense? Why the Pentagon Papers and secret NSA programs, but not the views of Ambassador Smith about some foreign dignitary or foreign crisis?
In this case it is someone working for DoD who may, at some point, release a quarter of a million cables from within the Department of State.
To be fair to the MSM, this person's release of a video of a Helicopter Attack that killed 12 people was to Wikileaks, not the MSM. The video was put up by Wikileaks and then moved to a "mirror" site, here. Wikileaks is supposedly operated out of Sweden.
The Blog Post above, from the LA Times, references a post at The Daily Beast. At the "DB" there is quite a bit more detail, but not greater insight.
And, here is a blogger from MIT on Wikileaks.
Hat tip to Instapundit.
It is important to note that the release of 250,000 Diplomatic Cables could do a tremendous amount of damage. And, it is not just between the US and the nation in question. If a cable says that Ambassador Smith of the UK and Ambassador Schmidt of Germany both agree that Prime Minister Whoever of Wherever is a schnook, then it is not just the US and Wherever that are going to fall out, but also the UK and Germany. And people won't talk freely to us in the future.
There is a lot of information that needs to have the whistle blown on it. There is a lot of information that should be released just because it is decades old and historians need to look at it. There is also a lot of information that needs to be classified, to save lives. The expression, "Loose lips sink ships" is still valid today.
In the mean time, so much for conducting diplomacy.
Regards — Cliff
10 months ago