A recent tweet from WikiLeaks, flashing a declassified transcript from their archive, “Public Library of US Diplomacy,” revealed a brief moment on March 10th of 1975 that is well worth sharing.
On this occasion, Henry Kissinger and the cast of ambassadors assigned to delegate the economic relations between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus were meeting. Cyprus at the time was represented by Turkey, and since 1983 Turkey’s stake in the claim of Cyprus has been comprised of the northeastern portion of the island. in 1975, Turkish delegates were meeting with Kissinger in order to discuss lifting the Foreign Aid Cut-Off that the United States had placed on their relationship with Cyprus.
When discussing the available options to expedite the current predicament’s resolution, Ambassador Melih Esenber proposed an option through black budget trading with Europe for US Air Force hardware, to which Ambassador William Macomber said,
“That is illegal.”
Henry Kissinger then elaborated further on the subject, which became the tweet that was offered by WikiLeaks,
“Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.’ [laughter] But since the Freedom of Information Act, I’m afraid to say things like that. We’ll make a major effort.”
Poignant words. Thanks, Hank.