Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkeys coming home to roost for American Thanksgiving

So Spiegel is making this diplomatic meeting public, immediately prior to an impending, widely advertised, and apparently dreaded, WikiLeaks release of American diplomatic cables. Is Spiegel breaking the embargo? Does it matter?

You know, there was an Information Commissioner in Canada, John Reid - weirdly for a time my own Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River - who apparently said he never met a secret he liked. There are many confidential discussions - cabinet records, solicitor-client privilege, doctor-patient confidentiality - that are privileged. But if these protections are routinely used to hide immoral, unethical, and illegal transactions, then they should be blown (see also, The Great Minaki Lodge Meltdown, Carey v. Ontario, [1986] 2 S.C.R. 637).

What I really want from WikiLeaks is the forensic audit of Rights and Democracy.