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Why the Secrecy?

The White House is not releasing the text of the Joint Plan of Action’s implementation agreement about Iran’s nuclear deal. Worse, it is shifting responsibility for this unprecedented secrecy on the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Secret diplomatic treaties are a throwback to a previous era of diplomacy–and are frankly ridiculous, since in an era where leaks happen in real time, keeping a document secret seems like a sure recipe for embarrassment.

It is also an own goal for the administration, given that it will only enhance legitimate suspicions that none of Iran’s concessions are irreversible and that the West volunteered to reduce its own leverage in exchange for vague promises.

Regardless, one thing comes to mind: where are Edward Snowden and Julian Assange when one needs them most?