The NY Times has been running highlights of the diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks leaked to the public. Most of what I’ve read so far comes as no surprise. While embarrassing to the U.S. and its diplomatic partners, there is nothing that is terribly compromising as far as I can tell. And as far as wow factor goes, WikiLeaks is tame compared to say the Weekly World News.
I was listening to The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell last night and he made the point that the U.S. should be a little more careful in its correspondence with foreign governments – that if they want to keep things secret, don’t write them down. And I couldn’t agree more. There is a little clever invention called the telephone.
Transparency is a good thing for the most part. However, I don’t want to and don’t need to know about every diplomatic meeting. I have enough information to deal with in my own job and personal life. Diplomacy is not a reality show. There are some places where cameras just don’t belong. Backroom deals are sometimes in everyone’s best interest.