Stop the presses! More Wikileak scoops

Right after World War I when the Soviet Union was a closed society, reporters in Riga, Latvia, would seek out any bits of information coming from Russia. A modern academic study showed that much of the information reporters were feeding U.S. newspapers actually originated in the United States, such as rumors that the Soviets were going to enforce plural marriages.

A similar circular path is true with the Wikileaks. For years embassy workers have been poring over local newspapers, attending public meetings and picking up some information in private chats. The material was put in diplomatic cables and now is being exposed as big news.

An analysis of the news

A.M. Costa Rica has been writing about the lack of a sewer plant in the Central Valley since the middle of the Abel Pacheco administration when plans for a new system were unveiled. Yet when a diplomatic cable says the same thing, the facts are converted into headlines.

One cable said that Óscar Arias Sánchez was egocentric. Does that statement surprise anyone?

The best that reporters here got out of Wikileaks is that the U.S. Embassy instructs visitors to avoid Costa Rican peanuts because of possible fungal infections. Reporters wondered why that was not made public, and they wrote a small story. The health ministry later issued a denial.

Another cable, this one in 2006, said that crimes against tourists were rising in the country.

More big news was a 2005 cable that said police and international organizations claim that women from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Romania, the Philippines, China, Ecuador and Guatemala are trafficked for sex in Costa Rica. They must have visited Jacó.

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