I’m hesitant to lean to far one way or the other on the Wikileaks situation. In terms of a security breach, it is simply remarkable that one person would have access to 250,000 files. It is even more remarkable that a person who had access to said files would attack the United States through their dissemination into public view. I think the person who leaked the files should be charged with Treason, and if any informants or covert agents are killed he or she should also be charged with accessory to murder.
As far as the effect on diplomacy, only time will tell. As we’ve seen throughout the semester, diplomacy is a nuanced and tricky field, and I suspect that in the short term there will be issues with trusting American diplomats. However, it would certainly not be in any country’s best interest to ignore the United States, and thus it would be hard imagine any leak that would be bad enough to permanently damage the U.S. diplomatic agendas. Considering the decline in the international reputation of the United States over the last 8 years, I think Wikileaks is more like salt in the wound, rather than a new gaping injury.