If you are searching for meaning in the evolving cablegate scandal, I am not sure there is one. Misha Glenny reminds us that sometimes it is enough to be reminded of old jokes from communist times: “We cannot predict the future, but the past is changing before our very eyes.”
Speaking of which – U.S.-Russia in the immediate post-Cold War:
“The cables: what really counts,” Foreign Policy WikiLeaked Blog
By David Hoffman, author of The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia, an excellent book I was up many cold, late nights in Poland several years ago reading, and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief in the 1990s on concerns expressed in cables about Russia’s nuclear security in the aftermath of the break-up of the Soviet Union. What a time it was.
Today, we learn the U.S. State Department was concerned by Lula and Sarkozy’s relationship, fretting it might cost Boeing a significant contract:
The Saudis and Terrorist Financing are Sunday morning news in the U.S.:
“Cables Suggest Mideast Resists U.S. on Cutting Terrorists’ Cash,” The New York Times
“WikiLeaks bank account in Switzerland under scrutiny: Report,” The Times of India
“Good Gossip, and No Harm Done to U.S.,” Bloomberg News
Assumes a lot of countries are like this one in their reaction, which is not a very good assumption. Much more likely in places where there is no expectation of free media or an open society, revelations contained in the cables will be treated to an air of innuendo, rumor and conspiracy which is actually counterproductive to U.S. interests abroad in most circumstances. This custom we have of holding up a mirror is not so much the case elsewhere.
The second article I have seen in as many days to evoke the vocabulary of anarchy:
“Julian Assange, Information Anarchist,” Wall Street Journal
“Key Leaks,” Dawn: Pakistan Papers
“SNL Skewers ‘WikiLeaks TMZ’: ‘Looking For World Leaders Behaving Badly,'” Saturday Night Live
Jokes on Qaddafi and his Ukrainian “nurse,” Hamid Karzai, Afghan corruption and Secretary Clinton.
previous related posts:
“The Day in Cablegate: As the World Turns…” December 3, 2010.