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Anonymous (not verified) June 20, 2013

Interesting points about trust. My suggestion would be to think about trust in terms of something at an interpersonal level not as something between states. If you look at Henry Kissinger as a negotiator he would build his relationship with his interlocutor by distancing himself from the rest of the US government. When something happened to upset the other side he could blame it on the fact the US is a collectivity. A slightly different way of looking at the incident is that countries need to review their protocols for the security of diplomatic communication and make sure that they are enforced. It's not as though the British interest in signals intelligence is a secret but a digital environment just makes it easier for diplomats to forget the protocols.

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