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Diplomatic Deflation

© Matt Davies

Regardless of what you think about WikiLeaks, it is clear that the traditional art of diplomacy will be changed. Is something like WikiLeaks an inevitable result of the Internet age?

Just to remind you of traditional diplomacy, here are some of my favorite quotes:

DIPLOMACY, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one’s country. – Ambrose Bierce

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie!” till you can find a rock. – Wynn Catlin

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way. – Daniele Vare

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. – Caskie Stinnett

I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me. – Di Cavour

Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died. – Andrew Young

UPDATE: The Economist defends WikiLeaks.