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When New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced that he would oppose Mike Pompeo's nomination to U.S. secretary of state, he explained that he would do so because the former CIA director had failed to disclose that he had traveled to North Korea over the Easter weekend as President Donald Trump's envoy.Pompeo's withholding of the fact that he was engaged in secret diplomacy was not one of them.To be sure, despite being a mainstay of U.S. foreign policy, secret diplomacy has always had its critics. Soon enough, the secret conversations led U.S. officials to conclude that the Iranians were serious about entering into formal talks.The history of U.S. diplomacy has shown that secrecy often is essential for success.But a failure to disclose secret preparatory talks for the most important presidential summit of the century is not one of them.
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