WikiLeaks a boon for US government: Former Obama campaign adviser

Clarity now exists in Middle Eastern foreign policy, says former Obama campaign member
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) US research associate, Professor Mike Nelson.

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) US research associate, Professor Mike Nelson.

Nelson hopes that in future, the experience of WikiLeaks will lead to more open and frank discussions by governments and companies worldwide.

"If there is a corrupt official taking million dollar bribes from the Russians, maybe that should be public knowledge rather than hidden in a WikiLeaks cable?" he said.

"When I was at the White House, I would have loved to have the kind of information that was leaked.

"I had top secret clearance and I still couldn't get access to those kinds of memos without a lot of trouble."

Nelson's views reflect those of Assange, who said that no-one has been harmed as a result of the leaks.

The professor encouraged CEDA members and chief executive officers to follow the example of WikiLeaks, bypassing the public relations departments and being more open with their staff and customers.

“The benefits are often intangible, but very often the team is more informed and inspired by the CEO if they are blogging and sharing certain information about the company's plans," he said.

"There are start-ups with 50 people who get more attention in the IT press than companies with 1000 people just because they’re really good at being specific and sharing with the public what is going on.”

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Gordon Drennan

1

What better indication that this guy doesn't know what he's talking about, and that what he says isn't worth reading, than that he thinks the President of Iran is an Arab.

Chris

2

The writer does not say he is Arab. He says his "Arab brothers" ; those brothers that live on the Arabian peninsula. If I had a step brother who was Arab that would not make me one.

Dave

3

What better indication that Gordon Drennan doesn't know what he's talking about, and that what he says isn't worth reading, than that his written comprehension sucks...

John

4

Clearly, from what he says, Nelson doesn't know the difference between a Persian and an Arab, despite what Commenters 2 and 3 have written. Another baseless assumption that Nelson makes is that we should take Ahmadinejad's political pronouncements on the memos at face value, rather than as an effort to save face.

The first commenter is right, Nelson is way out of his depth.

Aston

5

Actually, given Iran's thirty plus years of sponsoring terrorism, especially in Europe and the Arab world, as well as its fanatical tactical and fnancial support of some of the most vicious regimes and militias on earth (think Syria, Hizbolla, Hamas and other Muslim extremists), Ahmadimejhad should be taken very, very seriously. It's not every day the Saudis and Israelis agree.

X

6

If intelligence personnel knew ahead of time that their reports would be publicly available, they would not write them the same way. They'd end up writing bs reports for the public and even more secret, real reports for their agency.

Intelligence is not usable without secrecy. The only parameter that we can reasonably think of tweaking is how long we must wait before archives become public. That parameter in itself has a lot of influence on how top government officials behave.

Personally I was impressed to see in the wikileaked cables that US intelligence people at the bottom of the pyramid are doing their job well, as the author points out. That's about it though.

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