Melvin Goodman, former senior Soviet analyst at the CIA, discusses why WikiLeaks’ Cablegate is a big data-dump and not the work of foreign intelligence services; documents that show inaccurate information flowing from the US embassy in Georgia back to Washington during the S. Ossetia conflict; disagreements about the quality and honesty of journalism in the NYT and Washington Post; and the question why – if these cables are so ordinary and unremarkable – are so many of them classified?
MP3 here. (18:17)
Melvin A. Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book is Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. From 1966 to 1990, he was senior Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.