It seems heads began to roll. The unveiling of over 260,000 diplomatic cables between the US’ ambassadors posted in countries around the world and the US state department is the revelation of how the US treats other countries, no matter whether they are its allies or enemies. The leak revealed that the true face of the diplomacy is hypocrisy. It showed that the inner face of the diplomacy is espionage. It disclosed that the diplomacy is everything but what diplomats say.
Maybe humans cannot see their true face when it is reflected in a mirror. Wikileaks provided such a huge mirror for all diplomats around the world, supposed to secure the cordial relations between the countries, to realise what their real face was and what they really were doing in the name of diplomacy. It is particularly true in the case of the United States of America, the largest state of democracy.
Perhaps, the Canadian ambassador in Afghanistan could not imagine what was waiting for him. Sensing the embarrassment that would cause to him after the release of next set of documents, William Crosbie promptly offered his resignation. The Canadian ambassador is concerned about how the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will react when he comes to know that Canadian diplomat was very critical of Karzai’s (and his family’s) corruption, with the revelation of yet-to-be-released document. Crosbie reportedly has written a note to the Canadian government detailing Karzai’s and his family’s influence in Afghanistan government, the contents of which may damage relations between Canada and Afghanistan if revealed.
MSNBC news quoted The Globe and Mail as reporting what Crosbie wrote to his government offering his resignation:
"The message is a report of a lengthy (ambassadors’) meeting on Feb. 20, 2010, in which I speak in very critical terms about the misuse of power by Karzai and his family (Karzai’s half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai is named) and urge the international community to oppose Karzai's attempts to take control of the electoral law in advance of the [parliamentary] elections."
American diplomats also criticized Hamid Karzai in their cables to their state department, published on November 30, for freeing dangerous detainees and pardoning suspected drug dealers because they had connections to powerful figures. This was done despite repeated rebukes from the US officials in Afghanistan, the US deputy ambassador Frank Ricciardone claimed in a published cable.