Gerry Canavan

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Bigger than Ellsberg

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The New York Times and the Guardian have the first reporting to come out of the 90,000 Afghan-War intelligence documents that turned up on Wikileaks. The Daily Beast has what it thinks are the 7 most shocking secrets. Charli Carpenter is skeptical there’s much here we didn’t already already know. There’s more in the comments at MetaFilter.

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  1. It seems that a lot of these were open secrets, but what Carpenter doesn’t understand is that there’s a world of difference between everybody knowing x is true and us having documentation telling us that x is true and who is behind it. At least, I hope there’s a difference, although the torture fiasco suggests that once something is out the open, and once the damage-control experts have gone to work turning peoples’ brains to much, nobody really cares any more.

    Alex

    July 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

  2. “brains to mush”, sorry

    Alex

    July 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

  3. …the torture fiasco suggests that once something is out the open, and once the damage-control experts have gone to work turning peoples’ brains to much, nobody really cares any more.

    This strikes me as the most important part (and I think we talked about this a bit in Robyn’s class). It seems to me that the effort to keep the torture regime secret was in some sense wasted, as now everybody loves torture and thinks it’s just fine.

    gerrycanavan

    July 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

  4. I was listening to the NPR memorial to Dan Schorr yesterday, and they mentioned Schorr’s role in revealing that the CIA had assassinated and attempted to assassinate various political figures in the 60s and 70s. CIA assassinations were actually a scandal during that period. Now, everybody says that “they’re what we need to do to fight terrorism.”
    Congratulations, Karl Rove and Rupert Murdoch. You changed the world.

    Alex

    July 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

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