Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Unnamed sources

From Caracas Gringo: a really interesting and thought provoking post about Roger Noriega and the politics of unnamed sources. Who are they, and what are their political goals? This actually has much broader implications than Latin America, because U.S. policy all too often hinges on information peddled to influential people by sources claiming to have insider information (e.g. exiles like Ahmed Chalabi). The information may be true, but it may be intended to influence policy in ways the policy makers do not understand and mistakenly take at face value.

Another takeaway from the post is a reminder of how Venezuelan politics are a mess.


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