Are the WikiLeaks Actually An American Plot?

Jacob Heilbrunn 

The Obama administration is busily denouncing the WikiLeaks. Spilling secrets is a bad thing, we’re told, for American national security. Relations with friendly leaders will be jeopardized. And so on.

But is it true? Or are the leaks, in fact, part of a carefully orchestrated plot by the American government?

Think about it for a moment. The Saudis, we learn, want America to cut the head off the Iranian snake. Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak says Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism is "well-known but I cannot say it publicly. It would create a dangerous situation."  In other cables American diplomats describe Hamid Karzai and his relatives in less than approbatory language.

Several things may well be going on. For one thing, the documents should create a comforting feeling among the American public that officials aren’t asleep at the switch. President Obama may not be able to say that Karzai is a pathologically corrupt nutjob, but it’s clearly what he and his emissaries think. Nor do they have any illusions about Iran. Or North Korea. So much for the myth that Obama is clueless. That would be one incentive for the administration to secretly welcome the release of the documents.

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