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How many dissidents has Wikileaks fingered for Third World despots?

That might be the question a year from now, as Third World dictators arrest those identified in diplomatic cables as talking to representatives of the U.S. government. See Joshua Keating’s summary of the state of play. He notes that two Zimbabwean generals and an Ethiopian journalist already are in the hot seat. So yeah, I ...

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That might be the question a year from now, as Third World dictators arrest those identified in diplomatic cables as talking to representatives of the U.S. government. See Joshua Keating's summary of the state of play. He notes that two Zimbabwean generals and an Ethiopian journalist already are in the hot seat.

So yeah, I think Wikileaks has been wildly irresponsible. And people who helped it should probably be ashamed of themselves. Maybe tithe 10 percent of your income to Amnesty International as penance.  

That might be the question a year from now, as Third World dictators arrest those identified in diplomatic cables as talking to representatives of the U.S. government. See Joshua Keating’s summary of the state of play. He notes that two Zimbabwean generals and an Ethiopian journalist already are in the hot seat.

So yeah, I think Wikileaks has been wildly irresponsible. And people who helped it should probably be ashamed of themselves. Maybe tithe 10 percent of your income to Amnesty International as penance.  

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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