I'm sure you're all aware of the Wikileaks incident, coming on the heels of Wikileaks releases concerning the Iraq War and Afghanistan early this year. This is a thread for anyone to voice thier opinion on these releases. Since I'm supposed to offer my own opinion as OP, my opinion follows: The Wikileaks releases have damaged, in my opinion, the value of the whistle-blower. Many do not accept that whistle-blowers have any place in the structure of society, but I think the Nixon administration runs counter to that example. However I think the WikiLeaks releases are making it harder for leaks of real value to take place, and are in effect causing a turn against whistle-blowers for the price of information that with few exceptions is almost complately invaluable, and in fact in the sum of the latest release, seems to have aided the American position in the long term rather than hurting it. I did not mind as much the original Wikileak release on Iraq since it did reveal at least one important turn of information, that the US military was not being forthcoming with the amounts of civilian casualties in Iraq. That a proper and acknowledged amount of causualties can be ascertained for that conflict is information I deem important. Beyond that however, the Wikileaks information has largely been a lot of banal detail as far as I have seen. For the price of finding opinions on world leaders and other needless drudgery, a possible avenue of press release is being shut down that could be of REAL USE to society at some point in the future. Instead wikileaks appears to be committed to releasing pointless information at the cost of possible American security and positioning in the world. This information is doing little to save lives and is giving little information on goverment misdeeds: were this detailing the abuse of power at Abu Gharib, perhaps then we could argue as to the worth of these leaks. But these leaks are not really documenting government misdeeds, corruption or meglomania: they don't seem to be about much of anything in particular. Most of them are to the effect of saying if someone takes 2 cream and sugar in thier coffee. In fact it seems the greatest losers of this information is not the US, but governments in the Arab world, chiefly Suadi Arabia. It's exposed things that served US interests to keep secret, but now that released perhaps if anything makes the US position easier for others to understand and that many govenrments in the region beyond Israel are letting the US work as thier mouthpiece. In my opinion 90% of these leakes don't seem to be about anything of value, and seem to be released to just concide with an idealistic mission statement from Wikileaks, to just expose information they are given regardless of the content. Had they sat on 95% of this information it doesn't seem the world would be much worse off, and in fact they now risk getting shut down when thier services could have been useful to expose actual government misdeeds at some later date.