Wikileaks: It’s Tough Being a State (Some Are Taking Pity)
The Wikileaks episode seems to be turning to the USG’s advantage, at least domestically: it’s provoking a lot of sympathy for the government as an entity. That’s a rare sentiment these days. Leave aside angry calls for Assange’s head (almost literally), people are actually feeling sorry for the USG.
One way that’s being expressed is to compare the government to private entities. Two posts at the New Yorker’s site take this tack. George Packer makes the sensible observation:
The other silver lining, from the government’s perspective: The State Department is getting a huge amount of free and generally positive publicity. Some of the cables were given a dramatic reading this evening on All Things Considered! See here, here, and here — still looks like fun, doesn’t it? I predict a record number of takers for the February 2011 Foreign Service exam (you can register here).