I haven’t decided yet. I’m sure some good will come of it, and I’m all for open and transparent government, but I’m also wary of disclosing private communications. Every cooperating group of people, whether a business, government, family or friends, have conversations they assume are private. These conversations would obviously be very different were they expected to be public, and the privacy leads to more open discussion.
There will obviously be a difference between the public and private aspects of relations between countries, and I’m not sure what good exposing one part of the private aspect will do. We’re not getting the whole context; there’s also lots to these relationships that happen in-person. For example, does knowing that Saudi Arabia was secretly working against Iran on some issues change anything. It’s very interesting to know, but it feels a bit like it’s not something we needed to know.
Some of the leaked cables have probably done some good, but I’m not sure the whole has done more than embarrass a few countries and will obviously force them to tighten up security on these communications.
I would, however, like to have more transparent government in other ways. I’d like easily accessible data on the money transfers between countries (I’d say governments, but I’m sure some official transfers get hidden via private corporations), and especially weapons sales and transfers. I want more data on who is paying off which politician and how they vote on related issues.