Whether you think Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, committed a public service or a crime by releasing thousands of formerly secret U.S. government documents, you have to admit that being able to walk through a memo that in the past could only be read by a government big shot is intriguing.\n\n\n\tNow you too can find and peruse top secret documents. At least when it comes to the trove of purloined documents given to WikiLeaks by Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning and others. WikiLeaks added a search engine to its site, which makes it much simpler to find what you\u2019re looking for.\n\n\n\tNot unlike the advanced-search feature on Google, the WikiLeaks engine gives the user options to narrow their search. (See the screenshot below for a look at some of the options.)\n\n\n\tYou can, for example, limit the search to a specific set of documents \u2013 the "Kissinger cables," for example \u2013 or information related to the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Interested in specific incidents during the conflict in Afghanistan? Check the box for "Afghanistan War Logs," then limit the search using the keywords you want to include and exclude.\n\n\n\tThe engine is very fast, and it makes it relatively simple to find specific documents you may have read about. If you don\u2019t know what you\u2019re looking for, you\u2019ll likely have to do quite a bit of searching and possibly wade through sizable pile of false hits. Still, compared to using WikiLeaks in the past, the new search engine makes it much, much simpler.\n\n\n\tI\u2019m enthused about this because it gives ordinary people a chance to do what only journalists could in the past: read documents that have a significant bearing on the policies of our government and then make up their own minds about the issue. I'm neither endorsing nor condemning what Manning, Assange and Snowden did. But I do praise WikiLeaks for making it easier for the rest of us to access its trove of documents.