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Wikileaks – Trotsky on secret diplomacy


In publishing the secret diplomatic documents from the foreign policy archives of Tsarism and of the bourgeois coalition Governments of the first seven months of the revolution, we are carrying out the undertaking which we made when our party was in opposition. Secret diplomacy is a necessary tool for a propertied minority which is compelled to deceive the majority in order to subject it to its interests. Imperialism, with its dark plans of conquest and its robber alliances and deals, developed the system of secret diplomacy to the highest level. The struggle against the imperialism which is exhausting and destroying the peoples of Europe is at the same time a struggle against capitalist diplomacy, which has cause enough to fear the light of day. The Russian people, and the peoples of Europe and the whole world, should learn the documentary truth about the plans forged in secret by the financiers and industrialists together with their parliamentary and diplomatic agents. The peoples of Europe have paid for the right to this truth with countless sacrifices and universal economic desolation.

The abolition of secret diplomacy is the primary condition for an honest, popular, truly democratic foreign policy. The Soviet Government regards it as its duty to carry out such a policy in practice. That is precisely why, while openly proposing an immediate armistice to all the belligerent peoples and their Governments, we are at the same time publishing these treaties and agreements, which have lost all binding force for the Russian workers, soldiers, and peasants who have taken power into their own hands.

 The bourgeois politicians and journalists of Germany and Austria-Hungary may try to make use of the documents published in order to present the diplomacy of the Central Empires in a more advantageous light. But any such attempt would be doomed to pitiful failure, and that for two reasons. In the first place, we intend quickly to place before the tribunal of public opinion secret documents which treat sufficiently clearly of the diplomacy of the Central Empires. Secondly, and more important, the methods of secret diplomacy are as universal as imperialist robbery. When the German proletariat enters the revolutionary path leading to the secrets of their chancelleries, they will extract documents no whit inferior to those which we are about to publish. It only remains to hope that this will take place quickly.

 The workers’ and peasants’ Government abolishes secret diplomacy and its intrigues, codes, and lies. We have nothing to hide. Our programme expresses the ardent wishes of millions of workers, soldiers, and peasants. We want the rule of capital to be overthrown as possible. In exposing to the entire world the work of the ruling classes, as expressed in the secret diplomatic documents, we address the workers with the call which forms the unchangeable foundation of our foreign policy: ‘Proletarians of all countries, unite.’

the whole world, should learn the documentary truth about the plans forged in secret by the financiers and industrialists together with their parliamentary and diplomatic agents. The peoples of Europe have paid for the right to this truth with countless sacrifices and universal economic desolation.

22 November 1917 Trotsky, iii, 2 p. 64



Comment from Island View
Time December 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm


Comment from Walter
Time December 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm

And look what happened to the great Trotsky revolution … Joseph Stalin. Need I say more? 30-50 million ‘workers’ murdered by the State. Gulags created to kill and torture millions more. Is that the world Trotsky advocated when he called for ‘documentary truth’?

Comment from John
Time December 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Love your work Walter. Perhaps the idea that Trotsky fought Stalin tooth and nail in defence of Marxism and called him the gravedigger of the revolution might eventually seep into your head? Trotsky saw Stalin as the enemy of socialism and argued against his regime and for a revolution to overthrow it. he paid for his adherence to the principles of Marxism and workers’ rule and democracy with his life.

Comment from juanR
Time December 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Umm… 30-50 million workers murdered by the State, I am not sure about that.
But, in any case, how can we justify today’s “Yes we can” Obama’s intimidation of the rest of the world in his quest to silence one single man’s quest to tell the world the truth about our “democratic” government’s murderous wheeling and dealings.
Isn’t there a politician in the whole of western democracies prepared to stand up for Julian and Wikileaks? Shame on us. If he is silenced by imprisonment or assassination we will all be willing participants in the demise of whatever freedom we have got left.
The world will become a giant Guantanamo where a rendition flight may be the best holiday destination we may hope for.
Good timely quote John. I hope Walter doesn’t go around with an ice pick.

Comment from Walter
Time December 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

No need for an ice pick – this Assange character will kill us all off in the end. Let’s have no diplomacy Juan. How about we never try to negotiate peace or end conflict because some buffoon wants to put all these secret talks on the Internet!

Answer this all who read the En Passant site: Henry Kissinger held secret talks in Hanoi to end the Vietnam War. If these had been leaked by an Assange type, these talks would never have happened and the war may have continued into the mid 1970s. Is that the type of outcome you want?

How about revealing secret talks to stop another Korean war? No, let’s leak any diplomatic moves because we hate the idea of a USA bokered peace outcome.

Get real – diplomacy and secret talks PREVENT conflict and this clown is damaging world peace.

History will prove my position as correct.

Comment from juanR
Time December 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

“History will prove my position as correct.” I doubt that very much Walter.
To follow on your train of thought, if the American establishment gets away with it, there will be no history to talk or to read about.

What you call diplomacy is simply deception. Funny you should mention Henry Kissinger and the Vietnam war. It was another leak that helped to stop the senseless carnage by forcing Kissinger to start “secret” talks with Hanoi. I had a personal stake in the issue, I was drafted to join the next lot of lambs destined to the slaughter house in 1971. The only difference between now and then is that now governments are much more sophisticated in the way they lie to their people.
If there is another Korean war, and I sincerely hope there isn’t, it will be entirely the Pentagon’s fault. How would the Americans like to have combined Russian, Chinese and Cubans war games being played around Cuba in the Gulf of Florida?
Julian Assagne will be vindicated just like D. Ellsberg was. And you should be happy for that.

Comment from juanR
Time December 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Lets follow Kevin, see how far he gets.

Comment from Magpie
Time December 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

Hey John.

Did you hear that MasterCrap, Visa and the Swiss bank were shut down?

So that Walter see: if the kids responsible for that were my kids, I would angrily yell at them: You’re grounded for a week. Go to your room! Now! And take that goddamn laptop with you.

Comment from Magpie
Time December 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

But seriously now.

I can understand that people like Messrs. Putin and Medvedev want their alleged links to the Russian Mafia well covered.

That’s understandable. What’s hard to understand is that an run-of-the mill Aussie guy (as I suppose Walter is) want to cover things up for them. Now, that’s what I call “strange”.

Comment from Magpie
Time December 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

Geez, imagine if WikiLeaks had been around when Hitler and Stalin (it was actually Molotov who signed it for the “Soviets”) signed the secret clauses of the non-aggression pact… That would have been a tragedy for world peace, right?

Or that diplomatic bombshell: “Mark Arbib has been revealed as a confidential contact of the US embassy in Canberra” (SMH, today).

And now Mr. Turnbull reminds us that, in his day, he actually represented a former MI5 agent who was publishing a book.

Aw mah gawd, the end is nigh.

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Comment from Walter
Time December 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

re Juan’s comment that if there is another Korean war, it is the Pentagon’s fault. What rubbish. So if North Korea fire more missiles into the free and democratic south, it’s the US’s fault???

Using your logic (sic), if the war in Iraq and Afghanistan continues, it’s Julian Assange’s fault for leaking secret documents which have eroded the diplomatic process.

It was the Jews who caused Hitler to take such action, it was the Armenians who pushed the Turks to genocide; if only the Tibetans had accepted the destruction of their culture and land … it’s the Aboriginies fault for not understanding the treaty process … If Tony Abbott is elected, it is the Social Alliances’ fault for creating fear of left political parties ….If the Dragons win another Premiership it is Greg Inglis’ fault for cheating on the salary cap.

Comment from juanR
Time December 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm

What rubbish indeed Walter. You choose to ignore that it is the USA that is conducting war games a few kilometers from North Korea and that it is the USA that invaded (and destroyed) Iraq and Afghanistan and that it is the USA that uses drones to kill innocent people in Pakistan and Yemen. And that it is the USA that is chasing Julian Assange around the world because he is exposing their lies. Get real Walter.

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