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WikiLeaks and Historians: Some Thoughts

WikiLeaks has become something of a political and cultural obsession in recent weeks. Billions of bits have been spilt on its meaning for secrecy and security, for journalism, and for the future of information.*  Less attention has been given to its meaning for historians, let alone intellectual historians.  Generally, non-historians have tended to glibly remark that the document dumps will, of course, be great for us.  We historians ourselves, however, seem more divided on the issue.  What follows are a few very raw and random thoughts on what WikiLeaks might mean for us.  I hope they mark the beginning of Read more