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WikiLeaks: The Illusion of Transparency

Alasdair S. Roberts

Truman School of Public Affairs

June 2, 2011

International Review of Administrative Sciences, 2012

It has been said that the 2010 WikiLeaks disclosures marked "the end of secrecy in the old fashioned, cold-war-era sense." This is not true. Advocates of WikiLeaks have overstated the scale and significance of the leaks. They also overlook many ways in which the simple logic of radical transparency - leak, publish, and wait for the inevitable outrage - can be defeated in practice. WikiLeaks only created the illusion of a new era in transparency. In fact the 2010 leaks revealed the obstacles to achievement of increased transparency, even in the digital age.

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Keywords: government secrecy, transparency, right to information, national security, diplomacy

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Date posted: April 3, 2011 ; Last revised: July 5, 2015

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Roberts, Alasdair S., WikiLeaks: The Illusion of Transparency (June 2, 2011). International Review of Administrative Sciences, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1801343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1801343

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