With the media firestorm created by the content of WikiLeaks' release of US diplomatic cables, a corresponding debate over the future of diplomacy and the prevention of other leaks has also taken place. While many commentators agree that the cables have portrayed the US foreign service in a positive light, others argue that the potential for future leaks will make diplomacy more secretive, and ultimately less effective.
Mr. Heinbecker is the inaugural Director of the Laurier University Centre for Global Relations and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), both in Waterloo, Ontario.
He writes extensively for the print media in Canada and abroad and comments frequently in electronic media on international relations, especially as regards Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, Afghanistan, arms control and disarmament and United Nations reform. He teaches a course on Canadian foreign policy at Laurier and lectures at universities and other institutions in Canada and abroad.
Andrew Hunt is an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Mark J. McArdle is a seasoned technology executive, with over 18 years of technical experience in some of the best brands in Technology. He has worked at MKS, Open Text, PGP and McAfee. Mark is now CEO of tinyHippos.
Geoffrey Stevens is a journalist, author and teacher. He has been the Ottawa columnist, managing editor of the Globe and Mail, Ottawa correspondent for Time magazine, and managing editor of Maclean's magazine.
Mark McArdle, CEO of tinyHippos, and CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker discuss the differences between Wikileaks' Julian Assange and famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. McArdle and Heinbecker agree that unlike the Pentagon Papers, the WikiLeaks cables represent an "indiscriminate" leaking of information. "Ellsberg went out on a limb, because he saw something that fundamentally bothered him," says McArdle.