The Leaks Are Treason

“The unauthorized release of a quarter million U.S. State Department classified and restricted documents is a devastating blow to U.S. diplomacy,” says Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl of the latest WikiLeaks cache. “If foreign governments feel that confidences shared with American officials cannot remain private, they will be far less likely to share the information and views that America’s leaders need in order to help make informed decisions. Foreigners involved with the theft of these documents have committed a hostile act against the United States. American citizens involved have committed treason.”

Jamie, who is based in New York, has served at the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and has written about the challenges of privacy in the information age. To arrange an interview, contact the Asia Society communications department at 212-327-9271 or