I see the point you are making, but I still think all of the diplomatic cables on Wikileaks reveals little new information. You really think we didn't know there is complicity with Pakistan on the drones, or that the U.S. has been bouncing ideas back and forth with China on North Korea. I think you give way too much value to Assange and these leaks.
How about this? Did Assange provide leaks on information that would have predicted the housing crisis meltdown? Did he have secret memos that he released on BP before the cap blew and the information hit the public press? Did he release information about the crisis in Greece, Ireland, Portugal prior to the information being released to the public? I only ask, because that stuff would actually matter to me. In case you aren't paying attention, the only issue people are focusing on in the U.S. are jobs and the economy. I can't find a lot on Wikileaks that tell us why the parties are waging PR wars and not actually solving any problems. Maybe if Assange had dirt on Boehner or McCain, or Pelosi or a host of other political leaders, it would be relevant to people here.
The U.S. government is pissed off because disclosure of private cables used in diplomacy violates protocol and spreads distrust between the countries involve. Everyone has their own agenda, and diplomacy is the art of navigating those agendas. Without privacy there is no diplomacy and without diplomacy there are wars. Lets tape all your private conversations with your lover, wife, friends, and acquaintances and post them on Wikileaks and see how they affect your relationships. Even if they taken in context, they will threaten your intimacy.
I have no problem with Assange and what he is trying to do in the name of openness. His approach seems to be lets shoot for idealism no matter who it fucks. I am not saying the approach is bad, but it is naive to blindly believe it will have positive results.