Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Random Thoughts on WikiLeaks


I’ve fielded some questions today about the WikiLeaks story, and I’m feeling pretty conflicted.

I’m aware of the fact that the leak of classified information could pose a short-term risk to national security, but it is my sense that most of the claims of dire harm are overwrought. There is considerable evidence that much — perhaps most — classified material is improperly classified; governments oftentimes invoke claims of secrecy to shield themselves from embarrassment, not to protect national security. In that sense, some diplomats and government officials might be red in the face today, but I doubt that most Americans are feeling less secure than before the latest revelations from WikiLeaks.

Read the rest of the essay by Christopher A. Preble
at Cato-at-liberty.org

Christopher A. Preble is the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.


Filed by Grant Davies,
Regular Columnist, THL
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