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The End of Hypocrisy

American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks

Authors: Henry Farrell, Associate Professor, George Washington University., and Martha Finnemore
November/December 2013
Foreign Affairs


The U.S. government seems outraged that people are leaking classified materials about its less attractive behavior. It certainly acts that way: three years ago, after Chelsea Manning, an army private then known as Bradley Manning, turned over hundreds of thousands of classified cables to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, U.S. authorities imprisoned the soldier under conditions that the UN special rapporteur on torture deemed cruel and inhumane.

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