When Wikileaks first released classified materials embarrassing to the Bush Administration, the left either celebrated or was silent about the security implications of this kind of disclosure of classified information. This contrasts with the case of the Pentagon Papers way back in 1971. Since those secret documents were deeply embarrassing to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Nixon’s political operatives briefly considered exploiting them for partisan gain. But Nixon and Kissinger understood that this kind of disclosure was damaging to U.S. security and intelligence interests, and decided to oppose the full disclosure of the Pentagon Papers, losing a famous Supreme Court battle.
As Marc Thiessen pointed out in his Washington Post column yesterday, liberals are defaulting to their dominant mode of operation—hypocrisy—with their selective outrage over the latest Wikileaks:
But WikiLeaks has finally crossed a “red line” (pun intended) that has earned it the Democrats’ outrage. Instead of targeting the CIA or the NSA, WikiLeaks has gone after an organization Democrats actually care about — the Democratic National Committee.
The latest to drop from Wikileaks are voicemails from the DNC. They aren’t indexed and the callers are not identified in any way, so you have to go through them one at a time. Most are fairly routine or boring—logistical details of meetings and such—but there a couple that are schadenfreudetastic, like this one complaining about Bernie Sanders: