There Are Documents
My guess is that Peace Corps probably doesn’t want me talking about those documents that were spilled out rather dramatically last week. Even though the documents are out in the open, the US Government probably still wants us to respect their classification as Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret. That’s a tough position to defend. To be honest, from what I’ve read through, it doesn’t really seem like there is much scandal going on here. Sure, some comments perhaps were meant to be private, and I want to respect that, as it certainly does help our diplomats and the diplomats of other countries do their jobs. Building diplomatic relationships probably isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Maybe that’s why a lot of Peace Corps Volunteers end up in the Foreign Service: for two years, most of our job is basically building relationships.
The Azerbaijani government probably doesn’t want to be splashed across the news headers, either. Considering that most headlines aren’t very nice to the Azerbaijani government, you could understand why. This time however, I’ll just take a moment to share that in my reading, the documents released from the the US Embassy in Baku aren’t really damning at all; if anything, they show the leader of Azerbaijan to be a somewhat reasonable person in private. Regarding issues such as relationships with their neighbors, internal affairs, and discussions with the US, the Azerbaijani President seems like a realistic and practical dude. This may be because he was in the presence of American officials at the time, but I get the feeling that because he was with reasonable people in a private setting, it gave him an opportunity to be reasonable, himself.
In this wave of documents, five happened to be from the US Embassy in Baku, which you can find on the offending website, Wikileaks. The Guardian newspaper published this one, covering a series of topics with Under Secretary of State William Burns. Since I’m talking about the documents here, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep this post up for very long, but I suppose we’ll find out!