reply to post by Xcathdra
No , having conversations, and engaging in diplomacy with other nations is FINE ! However, if the nature of a discussion between say , Britains
leaders, and European representatives was found to contain material which showed that the British leadership were in fact acting directly and
knowingly against the public interest of Britons, I would want to know about that, and I would be within my rights to do so.
Similarly , if a US president communicates an urge to say , have a building blown up as a precursor to an illegal war, then I would assume that any
sufficiently patriotic American person, would want to know that such a thing had happened (if indeed it had) so that they could tailor thier votes,
and thier actions toward thier government accordingly .
Its not as simple as looking at the overview of whats in these files, and brushing them off as simple diplomatic communications. One has to observe
the detail of each file, in order to assess thier worth to the public, and no doubt they will contain some absolute howlers! I mean lets face it ,
Wikileaks, say what you will about them, are not known for releasing boring, grey material. On almost every occasion that they have released
something, someone , somewhere has looked like a total scumbag, and thats usualy because they have been being scumbags and have been caught at it!
This release in particular interests me, because it offers a look into a part of geo politics which you either have to be very rich, a politician or
both, to get a handle on. More importantly , it allows people to see what thier nations representatives are prepared to say , and do, to continue
diplomatic existance and communion with the nations to whom they correspond. I believe that the way things are done nowadays , with deals done about
which the public know nothing, and are meant to know nothing, is not in any way democratic. I do not believe that in a democracy , political
communication between nations can ever be secretive, protected, or immune from investigation and public scrutiny. We , the people of Britain deserve,
and earn by our daily sweat and toil, the right to know EVERYTHING that our government does, and every day , the government earn our distrust and our
ire for things they do , that we are blindsided by . Its not an equal partnership, with them constantly earning our anger and our suspicion , and
rather than improving thier behaviour , they just bury thier backstabbing deeper, or slash budgets and up taxes so that we are too busy working to
question thier bullcrap.
This release by Wikileaks will help us , the people, to see where the establishment is making moves which do not benifit us, will allow us access to
the underbelly of the least pretty aspect of our political system, and crucialy give us the ammunition to bring it down, to excise the parts of our
system which we find unacceptable.