by Zoe Pollock

 Ken Silverstein returns to Wikileaks cables as literature:

[D]iplomats are trained to chronicle the same tics and quirks of character that masters of fiction carefully recordand often with the same aim, of penetrating the surface equanimity of the characters they depict in order to win through to some more essential truths about their motivations. There's a reason, after all, that the fictional world, like the diplomatic one, is governed by plotsand that both fields share a comfort with moral ambiguity and casual deception that you don't find in most other endeavors.

 

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