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For all the hand-wringing about the airing of embarrassing dirty diplomatic laundry, the State Department cables published by WikiLeaks are also notable for what they don't contain: extensive evidence of U.S. duplicity or inconsistency. Indeed, like the previous publication of hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the most surprising revelations is much evidence that goes contrary to what the public already knows, foreign policy watchers say. Blake Hounshell, editor of Foreign Policy Magazine notes that the newly published cables actually show that the State Department is "remarkably consistent in what it says publicly and privately."
Here are five examples from the cables that confirm conventional wisdom.