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The End of Secrecy

A Pandora’s box has already been opened.

8:47 AM, Jul 26, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
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Whatever one makes of the Bush administration’s claims—and I for one am persuaded that they had merit—it was difficult for the public and the press to evaluate them at a time when the president’s credibility was at low tide, thanks in no small part to having staked so much on the CIA’s botched estimate that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  

WikiLeaks has evidently held back some 15,000 even more sensitive documents and is subjecting them to its own “harm minimization” procedures--whatever that is--before it releases them. Clearly, however, a Pandora’s box has already been opened. And we shall no doubt soon see the consequences. 

Gabriel Schoenfeld is the author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law.

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