Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Might it be a bad thing if the names of informants are released and those informants and their families are then murdered?
Are you of the opinion that all dealings between governments should be conducted in the open?
Yes, as others have said, names of private individuals being released would be a bad thing. Voyeurs don't need to know the persons and there are those who would very much like to bring harm to anyone involved in espionage at any level.
"All" dealings between any two parties needn't be conducted in the open, but that's an easy answer. Of course there are some things that must be handled delicately (why am I reminded of the wicked witch of the west?), but there are many dealings that we're about to hear about, perhaps, that I'm thinking might not be so awful to have out in the open.
I grew up in the black and white world of the Cold War, Finn, and I'm guessing you did too. I'm realizing more and more just how gray our past and present have been. JTT paints us as the evil black sword of the past 100 years, or so. My brush isn't black, but it's not white either.
Knowledge is a good thing. Knowledge with an understanding of history and perspective is even better.