A free press in a democracy can be messy. But the alternative is to give the government a veto over what its citizens are allowed to know.
Thomas Jefferson’s oft-quoted remark that he would rather have newspapers without government than government without newspapers.
For those who pay close attention to foreign policy, these documents provide texture, nuance and drama.
If a project like this makes readers pay attention, think harder, understand more clearly what is being done in their name, then we have performed a public service.