I am not arguing against transparency. But I strongly believe that there is a due place for secrecy in international diplomacy and there is nothing intrinsically wrong with diplomacy behind closed doors
In fact, to cry ‘wolf’ does no service to any society. What WikiLeaks has done is, it has simply collected an enormous mass of documents, and made it publically available.
Leaking information of this kind will be detrimental in building the trust among diplomats which is necessary platform for effective and productive diplomacy.
Let us understand the underlying problem by a real life example. Do all of us live in a society where we need to exhibit split personality? Do we all have secrets which are unknown to our dear ones? But does that mean we are cheating them? So is this confidentiality necessary in smooth running of our personal life? I feel I will get a ‘yes’ in reply with a smile.
Hence, it’s not a good news, If WikiLeaks continues to publish these peck of document containing information regarding country’s defence, foreign policy and other confidentialities, as these documents would certainly complicate relations among people involved, originate hard feelings among nations and representative of different nations about publication of private information, and decrease the fragile confidence that exist between the most governments (very few have strong faith). It could also reveal strategies or intentions which will retard progress on a number of issues.
Such sensitive issue cannot be discussed on public forums, in front of media. Confidentiality is taken for granted in such discussions and meetings; least these diplomats can expect is to see their conversation in the newspapers next day.
Assange get into responsible Journalism, this ways you are doing no good!!!