[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/12/07/t1.afpgetty_wikileaks.jpg width=300 height=169]Editor's note:Gen. Michael V. Hayden was appointed by President George W. Bush as CIA director in 2006 and served until February 2009. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Michael V. Hayden.
Michael V. Hayden
Special to CNN
As the dust begins to settle on "Wiki Dump III," some realities seem to be settling into the popular discourse and the public consciousness.
For example, it appears that American diplomats, like their military counterparts, are a dedicated and hard-working lot. Their reporting is well-written, incisive and occasionally even humorous.
What our government says to itself privately seems remarkably consistent with what it says to others (and to us) publicly.
If anything, the private conversations of diplomats and security professionals paint a world even more dangerous than the one we usually allow ourselves to describe publicly. And there seems to be more consistency with this American worldview on the part of our friends and allies than is generally admitted. Quite an exposé
Now what will this and the previous dumps cost us? With a certainty approaching 1.0, it will cost us sources. Some described in previous releases will be killed. Others, like those who described the inner workings of the formation of the German government, will simply refuse to talk to Americans.
It will cost us cooperation with potential partners. How much purchase will any future American promise of confidentiality or discretion have for someone who might consider cooperating with us?
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