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Media see WikiLeaks cables as security porn. They don't get it. Nor does Obama.

Frenzy over every titillating detail of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange distracts us from the serious implications of this security breach. The Obama administration must ask hard questions about the alleged Bradley Manning leak. At stake? Obama's credibility at home and abroad.

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For the moment, the WikiLeaks scandal is all sound and fury – details about the site’s fugitive founder Julian Assange, snippets of cables eagerly deciphered by a prurient press. The Obama administration is in a damage control frenzy as much of the world looks on, aghast that an alleged rapist has managed to tie the world’s greatest power in knots.

But while Interpol seeks Mr. Assange and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barnstorms on her embarrassing world tour, we hear little to nothing of the origins of this maelstrom. PFC Bradley Manning allegedly stole a quarter of a million cables over time, passing them to Assange in the name of transparency. Private Manning is now in custody in the Marine Corps Brig at Quantico, Va., awaiting trial.

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