The leaked cables, which various journalism organizations such as WikiLeaks and the New York Times have been publishing, have been interesting historically, but have produced very little in terms of startling or radically new information that had previously been hidden.
The New York Times covers Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency
WASHINGTON â€” The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables.
In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be hard to tell the politicians from the traffickers, and where drug rings are themselves mini-states whose wealth and violence permit them to run roughshod over struggling governments.
Yes, some details may be new, but anyone who has been paying close attention to drug policy and the way our government deals with drug policy is already aware of the shady international position of the DEA and the blatant fact that drug policy agencies are being used for many other political purposes, including spying.
In fact, the real danger of the leaked cables is the likely assumption by some that these cables are somehow showing the worst of what is happening out there.
These are State Department communiques â€” far from the kind of place where anyone would discuss the real underbelly of DEA operations. For that you’d need to see some files buried deep inside 600 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Virginia.
What we’re seeing now reported by the New York Times is the visible part of the iceberg.
Still, it’s good to see this, at least, aired publicly.