WikiLeaks turns on the taps

WikiLeaks has placed the first batch of 251,287 U.S. embassy cables in the public domain, and government reactions range from outrage to an offer of asylum for Julian Assange. Meanwhile, J-Source contributors ask: is it transparency or treason? Or is it just Wiki-whacky? Does WikiLeaks need a code of ethics? Good questions all, and deserving of your comments.  

There’s no arguing past leaks have contributed to important revelations on the Iraq war. The website offers a roundup of how participating media outlets used the August war logs dump, including creative approaches like the Guardian’s interactive map of Iraq war deaths and Speigel Online’s graphical War Logs FAQs interface.

For the latest leaks, has created a Canadian content search engine and accompanying ‘bubble map’ of Canadian-related topics – clearly banking on the fact that, ultimately, all we care about is what they said about us. For those inclined to expand their dig, you can download the full set from Wikileaks or browse individual documents at the site’s Cable Gate. It’s an intoxicating brew – don’t forget to mind your ethics