The Wikileaks fallout then:
"It puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems,"  Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state
Internal US government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to US interests abroad, despite the Obama administration's public statements to the contrary.
State Department sources are now quoted as saying that Clinton's hyperbolic assessment was an attempt to bolster the case for future legal action against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
Of course, none of this will come as a surprise to anyone who was paying any attention.
What is surprising is the casual, almost glib way these "State Department sources" have confessed to another nauseatingly cynical campaign of spin and misinformation.
It's almost as if they believe things like this don't really have any repercussions.