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Wikileaks: US chickens coming home to roost

News that the US government is quaking in its boots over WikiLeaks' upcoming release of a fresh batch of documents really does gladden the heart.

In case you haven't noticed, or are simply dim enough to believe the propaganda, the US has been stomping around the globe like it owns the place since the end of the Second World War. It might be true to say that was the prerogative of us Brits until the pesky Germans first started getting all uppity, but we can't be held responsible for the sins of our fathers, as my kids are pleased to note.

From Central America through the Middle East to the Far East, the US has fought wars, indulged in clandestine operations, organised coups, assassinated people it doesn't like the look of and generally behaved like a bully towards anyone not embracing its own brand of killer capitalism.

It usually trots out the line that it's up to such shenanigans in the name of 'freedom' or 'democracy'. Yet, its idea of freedom and democracy in Iraq or Afghanistan clearly amounts to: 'We'll make them have elections after we've killed all the people who won't vote the way we want them to.'

Thanks to WikiLeaks we have a better idea of the crimes the US military has been committing in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it appears that, thanks to the bravery of the people working at WikiLeaks, including - it must be said - the much-hassled Julian Assange, it appears we're about to learn a whole lot more of the sort of dirty tricks the US is engaged in around the globe in its cause - not indeed of promoting democracy, or freedom, but of undermining it.

What is expected to be brewing is the delivery of hundreds of thousands of secret State Department cables.

"These revelations are harmful to the United States and our interests," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley has said on the matter, having consulted his crystal ball. "They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world."

We note that the newspapers in the likes of Canada and Australia say their governments have been alerted by the US that a diplomatic storm is brewing.

WikiLeaks has not said what the coming release might contain, other than to state it will be "seven times" the Iraq War logs leak which consisted of 400,000 secret documents.

Bring it on, we say.

The more we learn about what our governments actually get up to, the more informed the choices we make and the better the democratic process can function.

By spilling the beans, WikiLeaks is doing more for democracy than all the bombs that have so far fallen on the poor folk of Iraq and Afghanistan put together.