The release of thousands of diplomatic cables has embarrassed the U.S. government and angered foreign heads of state. The messages contain lots of potentially damaging material and may lead to the resignation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
I admit when documents were released months ago about the Iraq war, I thought they could possibly be a good thing. In general I think the government should be more transparent and not cover up so much information. In the case of the war, I thought if ordinary citizens had more information, it would lead to greater scrutiny of the military and a surge of support for withdrawing troops from the Middle East.
When it comes to the diplomatic messages, however, I’m skeptical. What possible purpose could the leak serve but to embarrass the United States and weaken its diplomatic ties? It seems like the messages were leaked because they could be–because founder Julian Assange, now wanted by Interpol on possible rape charges, had them in hand. He admits he doesn’t know exactly what he wants.
What do you think? Should every movement the government makes be visible to the public? If not, where do we draw the line?