Some of the tidbits from the secret U.S. diplomatic cables unleashed by WikiLeaks show that diplomatic analysis can sometimes sound a whole lot like gossip.
And just as when any private conversation goes public, it can be embarrassing for all involved.
In the Case of the Compromised Cables, the unflattering descriptions of some of the world leaders will require all the diplomatic skill that U.S. officials can muster to soothe some of the world’s healthiest egos.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided a bit of self-deprecating humor might be the way to go.
“I can tell you that in my conversations, at least one of my counterparts said to me, ‘well don’t worry about it, you should see what we say about you’,” Clinton said in front of TV cameras before leaving on a trip to Central Asia and the Middle East.