Monday, July 26, 2010

WikiLeaks and the Washington Post series and the inability of both readers and the media to react

I strongly recommend this column by Jap Rosen at PressThink. Rosen discusses the WikiLeaks data dump and the provides background and perspective (with great links to background stories).

Just as importantly, Rosen expresses the view that the stories today in The Guardian, the Times and Der Speigel are just too big and too complicated to illicit an appropriate response. Rosen quotes his own Twitter post from Sunday: "We tend to think: big revelations mean big reactions. But if the story is too big and crashes too many illusions, the exact opposite occurs."

Rosen compares the Afghanistan document leaks to the Washington Post series, Top Secret America, that exposes the enormous growth of the security "shadowland", writing that "It’s an explosive finding but the explosive reactions haven’t followed, not because the series didn’t do its job, but rather: the job of fixing what is broken would break the system responsible for such fixes."

It's a great post from Rosen and it will be interesting to read the reactions to it is the comments section there.

In the meantime, if you were busy enjoying life on Sunday and were not aware of the this massive story you can catch up here:

The source: WikiLeaks - Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010

The three new organizations that were given access to the documents:
The Guardian - The Afghanistan War Logs
New York Times - The War Logs
Der Spiegel - Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from Those Fighting It