The enemy is unwelcome publicity

The official UK guidance on leaks relating to defence matters appears to be that transparency is a bad thing. Alarmingly, what seems to matter most is not just undermining government policy but also simply causing embarrassment to the government.

Of course there are clearly things which are better left unsaid (although most of those are even better left undone). However isn’t the relationship between signficance and embarrassment just the reverse: what embarrases is usually exactly what should be made public?