Finally I have read an article on the Wikileaks affair that puts it all into context for me. The great Umberto Eco writes:
The WikiLeaks affair has twofold value. On the one hand, it turns out to be a bogus scandal, a scandal that only appears to be a scandal against the backdrop of the hypocrisy governing relations between the state, the citizenry and the press.
The top-secret dope on Berlusconi that the US embassy in Rome beamed to the Department of State was the same story that had come out in Newsweek the week before.
Read the full post by Emberto Eco (and for those who might read Dan Brown’s atrocious novels, try Eco’s versions – far far better) for what he predicts will happen.
But he hits the nail on the head in the article, nothing in the cables leaked so far is groundbreaking, just a confirmation that the spies spread gossip. Nothing more. And that is what (IMHO) is pissing off the establishment, the empire has no clothes.