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How will WikiLeaks impact public diplomacy?

Published on 02 January 2011
Updated on 05 April 2024

Milos Radakovic writes:

Once a blizzard of diplomatic cables started pouring through the gates of WikiLeaks, my initial reaction was – ‘that’s it, this will obliterate the basic premise for public diplomacy’.

However, on second thoughts, there is a plenty of food for thought that begs to differ from the cacophony of unleashed critical voices that perceive the role of and conceive the effect of WikiLeaks only as far as being a banner-bearer of alternative political intelligence; a watchdog and a whistle-blowing platform of the Fourth Estate bent on curbing a monopoly of mainstream mass media; and a counterculture driven to a degree by anti-establishment zeal and impelled to wage asymmetric info war against a state’s secrecy and its communication lifeline – diplomacy.

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This blog post was first published on Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy, a site dedicated to Professor Dietrich Kappeler. 

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