Whatever you might think of Wikileaks -- and it's difficult to deny that it is a severely flawed operation in many ways -- one of the sillier critiques of the recent release of secure State Department cables is the claim that these cables didn't really reveal anything important. Thankfully, the EFF has put together a nice list of key areas where the release of the cables has helped shine light
on important things, while benefiting the public discourse around those topics. Included in the list are things like US contractor DynCorp pimping young boys
to Afghani police, as well as the US's involvement
in trying to get Spain to pass Hollywood-friendly copyright laws. It's been argued that revealing that info publicly helped kill
that Spanish copyright reform.
The more you read about what's been released, the harder and harder it is to claim that these leaks haven't added to the public discussion on some key, important topics. In many cases, the argument that these things had to be kept secret is not supported by the facts. It's true that some of this information was embarrassing, but the State Department's job is not to prevent embarrassing info from being discussed.