Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fishy Wikileaks?

Journalist Abbas Al-Lawati sent me this (I cite with his permission):  "Not sure if anyone has noticed this yet but of the hundreds of new wikileaks cables released yesterday from Manama, Muscat, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, every single one is labelled as unclassified.  To be fair, 40% of the 250,000 cables are reported to not be secret, but keep in mind that more than half of the cables have already been released, and that the Gulf release from yesterday covers a period if 1989-2010 in one case (Riyadh) and 2003-2010 in the rest.  It's hard to believe that there were no classified cables in that period, and I don't know if wikileaks has ever done a single classification release in the past."