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

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Who else is responsible?

Senator John McCain has demanded that Manning’s superiors be investigated and disciplined, but most politicos have focused on Assange, demanding he be tried for treason, hunted down, and possibly even killed. But what of the U.S. government? Should there not be consequences for a failure of this kind? Is there no chain of command in the military, and does every private first class have access to some of the most confidential musings of our national leaders? Who was Manning’s supervisor when the leak happened? Where was the internal monitoring system keeping track of unusual downloads? Is this Private alone responsible for the WikiLeaks scandal?

These are serious questions, yet they are a matter of apparent indifference to the Obama administration, which has focused attention almost exclusively on adjusting its skirts while doing the international walk of shame. Security procedures have beeen tweaked and hatches are reportedly being battened down, but heads are not rolling. Apparently, it’s enough that we close the barn door and hope that no other horses get away.

Perceptions at home and abroad

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