November 30, 2010
There are no great surprises in the leak of 250,000 diplomatic cables by the website Wikileaks. The real shock is that a private first-class in the army who had a low-level security clearance could not only have access to so many documents, but that he could apparently download them onto a flash drive and then get them to Wikileaks for distribution. That man is in prison and will be court martialed, but how did he do this?
Clearly he was not properly supervised. Imagine the outcry if this had happened during the Bush administration. In the documents we learn that Saudi Arabia is playing a two-faced game of encouraging and funding terrorism while pretending to be a U.S. ally in the war against terrorism. No surprise there.
We also learn that several Arab states hope someone will take out Iran's nuclear reactors, but won't do it themselves. And we learn that some diplomats don't like and even mock some world leaders. I wonder what those world leaders think of the weak President Obama? Maybe someone will leak those thoughts.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.