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I have some thoughts on the aftermath of the Wikileaks Iraq release over at World Politics Review:

The release reaffirmed much that we already knew, including the high incidence of civilian casualties in Iraq, the brutality of the Iraqi security services, and Iran’s intervention in the Iraqi civil war. But if on the banal level the Wikileaks logs do not reveal anything new, the release of information in such a concentrated manner has a political impact, because it reopens a series of sometimes-bitter debates about the Iraq War. The Wikileaks release has brought the Iraq War back onto the front page, literally. And more important than questions about Assange’s personality or ethics is that of the effect the Wikileaks Iraq logs will have on future policy.

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