Saturday, December 4, 2010

Impact of Wikileaks' US cable publications

“Wikileaks might almost be seen as rather a good way for a US administration to pass on candid messages that it could not possibly deliver officially,” said Anatol Lieven, in an article published by the BBC on December 4, 2010.

Implicit in his statement is the idea that the U.S. government intentionally leaked its diplomatic cables to tell other world leaders what America really thought about them. Of course, there is only so much information a government can pass on to another government using this technique. After all, when our government uses this method, the entire world will know what is being said. If our government has a message that it wants to convey but doesn’t want to use its normal diplomatic channels for the reasons cited by Lieven and it doesn’t want the general public to know the contents of the message, our government could use people like me to publish the information online where only a relatively few number of people will see it. And it has.

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