Rarely has any journalistic scoop revealed so much that so many already knew – or might have guessed.

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Rarely has any journalistic scoop revealed so much that so many already knew – or might have guessed. The fuss about Wikileaks’ release of thousands of US embassy cables has occluded the fact that the communiques in question contain little that is likely to provoke vapours in people with the mildest understanding of, well, anything at all. A caveat must be offered here, noting that, at time of writing, there is apparently much more to come – but one suspects that if Wikileaks had disinterred an official email referring to the fraudulence of the Moon landings, or Dick Cheney’s orchestration of September 11th, they’d have led with it.

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