James Downey: Fine line to walk between diplomacy and espionage
Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00
AMERICAN officials abroad are always intensely conscious of their country's security requirements and keen to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that they are not threatened in the countries to which they are posted.
That would be true of any nation's representatives, but the United States is a special case because of its superpower status, combined with the numerous threats to its own territory and to American diplomatic missions, military installations and industrial and commercial facilities abroad.
A fine line -- sometimes hard to detect -- separates diplomacy from espionage.