You can feel the change in the air, read it in every report. WikiLeaks has fundamentally changed the nature of information and who controls it. The whole question of who should know what has been put into play.
In the wake of the Afghanistan War Logs and the Iraq War Logs, and before that, Collateral Murder, this latest rolling series of releases is raising fundamental issues not merely about statecraft and diplomacy but information, power and the role of the media.
Meanwhile, we are witnessing an extraordinary mobilisation of state power to destroy the organisation of WikiLeaks and the man behind it — Julian Assange.
Over the weeks and months ahead, as WikiLeaks continues to drip feed 250,000 US Embassy diplomatic cables, Crikey will disseminate the data, cover the hundreds of stories to come out of the cables and follow the progress of Assange as he fights a European extradition warrant from Sweden relating to alleged sexual assaults.
Latest Australian cables: United States ‘critical infrastructure’ list, Hillary Clinton’s conversation with Kevin Rudd, Australia doesn’t ‘pack enough punch’ in diplomacy.