First, read today’s NYTimes piece on the latest trove from WikiLeaks. Note how it casts WikiLeaks as doing people harm, perhaps, by interfering dangerously with the good works of the US State Department. Note also how the paper mentions only very trivial revelations from the latest cables—i.e., that US diplomats privately disparaged foreign governments (for doing various bad things).

Now read Matthew Schofield’s artlcle from the McClatchy Newspapers.

Whereas the Times implies that WikiLeaks is, or might be, doing harm by making public (some of) what the US government has done, and mentions only a few undisturbing revelations in the latest trove of cables, Schofield reports on WikiLeaks’ revelation of a horrible war crime by US troops—they murdered ten unarmed civilians, including little children, in Iraq—and the US military’s cover-up thereof. (Those crimes were, moreover, perpetrated in fulfillment of a US foreign policy that is a crime itself.)

So which of these two pieces serves the public, as journalism is supposed to do, and which one is a further cover-up of crimes committed by the US government?

MCM

WikiLeaks Prompts New Diplomatic Uproar
By SCOTT SHANE

WASHINGTON — In the Philippines this week, officials are fuming about criticism by a former American ambassador of the late Corazon C. Aquino, a national icon. Australians have learned that just two years ago American authorities were considering declaring that Australia’s air safety system no longer met international standards. People in Botswana could read a critical American account of that country’s anemic efforts against human trafficking.

Read more.

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WikiLeaks: Iraqi children in U.S. raid shot in head, U.N. says

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

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