The second tranche of Wikileaks documents relating to US military activity in Afghanistan and Iraq have been released overnight. Wikileaks, for the uninitaited, is an internet based organisation that publishes previously undisclosed, often sensitive, information online to protect the identity of the whistleblower.
It seems as if these latest leaks suggest that the US turned a blind eye to torture in Iraq and also detail the true extent of civilian deaths in the conflict.
When the initial US government files were released there was significant criticism that these leaks hadn't been edited thoroughly enough; meaning the documents could have been a rich source of information for terrorist organisations. The latest files seem less open to this criticism.
Once again this is a victory for a new form of journalism, a collaboration between a collection of international media - including The Guardian in the UK - which points the way towards modern investigative journalism. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has once again claimed these leaks are deeply irresponsible and that the US has nothing to answer.
This response is short sighted and shows a disappointing arrogance by the US. Whether you think these leaks are the right way of raising concerns about US military activities they are once again a demonstration of how the internet has democratised the media. For that reason alone, the US, who often claim to be the torch-bearer of democracy, would be short-sighted to ignore this story. With great power comes great responsibility for Wikileaks and the United States.