Excuse me for not signing up with enthusiasm for Wikileaks and its founder who I described below as an under-educated egomania.
Why ? Consider one possibility. A Lebanese minister talks candidly to an American diplomat about issues of war and peace. Without warning thanks to Wikileaks these get splashed in the region’s papers. The next step ? Who knows but a Hezbollah bomb in the family run-about would seem at least an outside possibility. No illegalities have been revealed in this trove of documents and governments are entitled to confidentiality in their relations with non-nationals. Lives could depend on such confidentiality.
I’ve praised Tom Friedman and I’m happy his take is similar. Writing in his latest column he says :
“…I also don’t want to live in a country where any individual feels entitled to just dump out all the internal communications of a government or a bank in a way that undermines the ability to have private, confidential communications that are vital to the functioning of any society. That’s anarchy .”