So much for cyber security

The world has waited with bated breath for the latest revelations from WikiLeaks.
So far we have learned that ambassadors around the world are as interested in the mischievous lives of leaders across the globe.
We have learned that Muammar Gaddafi likes a certain voluptuous, blonde Ukrainian nurse who travels everywhere with him. We have learned that many of Iran’s neighbours wanted the United States to bomb the nuclear weapons centre of Iran.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia wanted the head of the snake cut off.
Vladimir Putin is described as an alpha dog. It is not surprising since he was president of Russia and now prime minister.
Now the world is telling everyone that the release of this information is undermining the work of American diplomats around the world. I guess when people hear what you are saying about them behind your back, you do tend to lose friends.
And next time those diplomats are meeting, do you suppose each will be asking themselves, “Can I really trust this person?”
The thousands of pages of U.S. State Department cable leaks, if one wants to read through them, all are posted on the web. And if you are having trouble falling asleep, I suspect the riveting report writing will quickly aid in drowsiness and sleep.
I tried it and succumbed to sleep quickly.
As each day of the week unfolds, new chapters will unfold so that years of hypnotic reading will be at your fingertips.
Much of the characterization of leaders is no different than the gossip delivered in high schools and main streets of every community. Someone might be called a bully; another person might be referred to by their lack of ambition.
One foreign diplomat was so kind to suggest that their own view of U.S. political leaders was much harsher and unkind than that exposed by WikiLeaks.
I remember being briefed before entering into discussions with a federal cabinet minister. Two weeks earlier, our group had been asked to provide résumés and information about ourselves.
We all joked to one another that by the time the minister met us, that person probably would know more about us than we knew about ourselves.
It is comforting to know that all this background checking by diplomats and nation leaders around the world on each other helps them get to really know one another and know what buttons to push. No one side is better than the other.
And the normal stiff upper lip of decorum and respect is only an act; and our diplomats are as human as we are when we interact with colleagues.
The U.S. has worried about cyber crime and cyber sleuthing for the past decade, and has spent fortunes in trying to block attempts to gain access to their most sensitive documents.
So much for web security. It appears the old-fashioned pen to paper, and transfer of documents in pouches, was far more secure.

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