AP & Al-Monitor learned about, but concealed, talks between US and Iran http://t.co/2wHU90Gj88
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 25, 2013
AP and Al-Monitor concealed their knowledge of secret talks between the U.S. and Iran.
The mere fact that Glenn Greenwald regards this as Tweet-worthy seems to imply that he sees something nefarious in the Associated Press and Al-Monitor colluding with government officials by failing to disclose what they had learned at the time of discovery.
I guess for a transparency zealot this kind of collusion would have to be problematic, but let’s get real.
Wherein lies the greater public service: making all information public at the earliest opportunity even if that disclosure might sabotage diplomacy? Or, in recognizing that there are times when forging an agreement absolutely depends on confidentiality so that negotiations can proceed without interference from parties that oppose the existence of such negotiations?
All I can say is: thank goodness AP and Al-Monitor kept quiet. They did the right thing.
Moreover, let’s be honest. Greenwald himself has been sitting on stories for months for reasons that I doubt will ever be made public. The process through which the Snowden revelations have trickled out has not been a model of transparency.