According to historian and geographer David Lowenthal, George Perkins Marsh, post_author of Man and Nature, kept his position as the first, and most enduring, American ambassador to Italy (1861-1882) "notwithstanding the scandalous leak of a secret dispatch flaying the Italian cabinet for reneging on promised reforms" (Introduction to Man and Nature, p. xxii, http://ow.ly/1...rWvYV).

It seems that leaks of so-called "diplomatic secrets", and the inability of Italian governments to accomplish reforms, are not a novelty at all in the end...