Asked by @TIME magazine what his "moral calculus" was to justify publishing the leaks, #WikiLeaks' Julian Assange insisted that his website was "an organization that tries to make the world more civil and act against abusive organizations that are pushing it in the opposite direction." Commenting on the implications of WikiLeaks for the business of journalism, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Eric Alterman writes, WikiLeaks' "target is not any U.S. policy or even the U.S. government. It is secrecy itself." As to how the cables reflect upon the work of U.S. diplomacy, Fareed Zakaria pointed out that, unlike with the Vietnam-era Pentagon Papers, the WikiLeaks cables "show Washington pursuing privately pretty much the policies it has articulated publicly. Whether on Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan or North Korea, the cables confirm what we know to be U.S. foreign policy. And often this foreign policy is concerned with broader regional security, not narrow American interests."

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