If Wikileaks has leaked nothing of the confidential and classified information relating to the workings, conditions and decisions of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, exploitation-driven genocides in the Third World, the arms trade, genetically modified foods, corruption, regime change, insurgency sponsorship et al, then it has said nothing of significant importance i.e. to anyone who properly understands history, international relations and human nature. So where is the extraordinary news from the leaks?
Since when did powerful princes stop being haughty or stop dreaming of jurisdictional expansion?
Since when did weaker kingdoms stop seeking the alliance of more powerful empires to crush their troublesome neighbours?
Since when did ministers of government stop complaining about their frustrations to their counterparts in other governments and vice versa?
Since when did the senior officials of one government stop talking ill of the head and officials of a rival government as a means of self-justification?
The questions of ordinariness (and even the canny predictability) of the Wikileaks leaks are endless. No bad guys, just silly or careless guys. No real evils or crimes just suggestions and intentions. No destructions or arm-bending just condemnations or immorality. No incisive economic weaponry or ruthless political timing just best and second-best imperial options, untaken. It all seems very cool, tame, uni-dimensional, and interest-centric regardless of the mass sensation, notoriety and “apparent anger” elicited by the leaks. The “backlash” of the leaks (unless the revelations produce concrete self-defending transparency capacities for Wikileaks and other leaks) looks more significant than the revelations themselves, analogous to the “controversy” or “event” about rights that end up irreparably obliterating the capacity to promote and defend the rights. The endpoint of the unfolding nature and scope of the leaks so far is something an “informed betting man” would put his house on, in terms of accurate linear “I told you so” expectations. Other websites and internet providers have been banned in the past, I wonder why.
All that said, perhaps Wikileaks is getting there with innovative tactics and ingenious time-management, and will eventually tell the world stuff it would have never known or confirm facts that are traditionally unconfirmable, otherwise. Or…