WikiLeaks And Trivial Secrets: Over-Classification Becomes Routine

12/22/2010 02:09 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Julian Hattem The Center for Public Integrity

Egypt's leader has trouble hearing, while Italy's prime minister enjoys "partying hard." The Sultan of Oman is too busy to read books. A diplomat's picnic menu in Eritrea included sheep innards with honey.

Such banal revelations, contained in U.S. diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks in recent weeks, were routinely classified as if national security depended on them. But some say the disclosures actually expose the government's zeal for secrets, even trivial ones.

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