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WikiLeaks Cable Dump: Is Secrecy Necessary for Diplomacy?

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Published on Jan 11, 2011

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/12/01/WikiLeaks_T...

Did the U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks belong in the public domain? Former diplomat Sir Richard Dalton argues no, that secrecy plays an extremely important role in international diplomacy. "Secrets exist for a reason," says Dalton. "Much of this information ... did not belong in the public domain."

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Following the release this weekend of 251,287 confidential United States embassy cables, this First Wednesday debate focuses on the revelations of the latest leak from whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

Joining the discussion are:

WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson; Professor Colleen Graffy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, US State Department and law professor, Pepperdine University; James Ball a data journalist who has been working with WikiLeaks; Sir Richard Dalton, associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House.

The discussion will be chaired by author and broadcaster Tom Fenton. - The Frontline Club

Sir Richard Dalton is an Associate Fellow on the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, a post he has held since retiring from the civil service in 2006. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in the 1970s and was posted to the Middle East. In the mid-1990s he was consul-general in Jerusalem and was appointed as Head of Personnel in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1998. From 2003 until his retirement he was the British Ambassador to Iran. Dalton contributes sporadically to publications such as the Independent and the Guardian.

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