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    cotterperson, cedar park
    CP -- Thanks much for your continued awesome work.

    As for Wikileaks part in the Tunisia uprising, I think it played a role in two ways. First, by revealing the cables that confirmed most Tunisians low opinion of the ruling family and secondly when Ben Ali tried to censor those cables by attacking a foreign newpaper (Al-Akhbar in Lebanon) that published those leaks. The outrageous reaction by Ben Ali against the press, including non-Tunisian press, underscored just how tyranical he really was.

    Still, I would be very hesitant to call this a WikiRevolution as some have because the Tunisian people, like most Arab peoples, hated their government and were already on the edge of forcing an overthrow.  Wikileaks and the ability to send information quickly through social media sped up the process.  It's more like the clustering events of Wikileaks reveals, social media activism, Ben Ali's criminal censorship and especially the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi were the proverbial straws that broke the camel's back.  

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