Cambodia in Wikileaks
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Cambodia in Wikileaks

It’s been more than three weeks since whistle-blower site Wikileaks pledged to release the controversial Cablegate, a trove of 250,000 American foreign policy documents from 274 United States embassies around the world.

In a blog post on Foreign Policy, blogger and Internet researcher Evgeny Morozov argues that “Cambodia would be barely noticed by the global media”.

Here’s the excerpt:

The United States is unique here because it is clearly the only country that has a stake virtually in every part of the globe, so every cable counts. Now, how many cables from Cambodian diplomats in Macedonia can one really read without falling asleep? Probably none: most people don’t care enough about Cambodia, let alone its foreign policy interests in the Balkans.

So, now we are getting to the very heart of the issue. For WikiLeaks to be truly effective, someone knowledgeable — i.e. not just a geek on a quest for global justice — needs to look at the cables and tell a captivating story about them. In fact, the story needs to be so captivating that it would even make Cambodian cables from Macedonia look like a treat.

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Pic: AP.

Despite this prediction by Evgeny, Boston-based journalist Michael Morisy writes that “In countries like Romania and Cambodia, illegal leaks can be transparency’s only hope“. The blogger at The Nieman Journalism Lab also points out a Freedom of Information Act, told by a founder of The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper.

In Cambodia, National TV channel TVK ran a news report on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange called on US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to resign, while the top US diplomat of Obama Administration refers Wikileaks as a terrorist organization.

None leaked documents from the US embassy in Phnom Penh have been made available on Wikileaks just yet, at least at the time of writing this blog post.