26 November, 2020

Act One, Scene One

Wikileaks papers echo Indian strategy, confirm fears about Pakistan

Reuters (From Outlook, December 13, 2010)
Act One, Scene One

“Diplomacy,” it is said, “is the business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.” This often involves dissembling, negotiations behind closed doors, adopting a public posture in contrast to what is said in private, and achieving goals without courting popular displeasure. Rarely have we got a peep into the inner workings of the shadowy world of diplomacy. But now, courtesy Julian Assange’s Wikileaks website, which made public a cache of 2,10,000 cables sent to Washington from different United States missions worldwide, the dark crevices of diplomacy have been thrown open to the cold light of public scrutiny. Assagne has justified the leak  saying people have a right to know the assessments of diplomats about world leaders and events, for these are the inputs that go into framing foreign policy.

Assange’s assertion could fundamentally alter the nature of public debate, but, for the moment, the leaked cables have embarrassed governments no end, particularly that of the US. Though...



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