Mitt Romney Thinks Information Should Be Free

ROCKFORD, IL - MARCH 18:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters in an overflow crowd outside the Machine Shed Restaurant March 18, 2012 in Rockford, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois three days before that state’s primary elections March 21, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2012 Getty Images

The Republican candidate found his inner Julian Assange yesterday when, in response to the Obama campaign's request that he release a few decades' worth of tax returns, a Romney spokeswoman suggested the president, "Release the notes and transcripts of all his meetings with world leaders so the American people can be satisfied that he’s not promising to sell out the country’s interests after the election is over.” The DNC has responded to that zinger with a statement criticizing Romney's "remarkable naiveté about foreign policy":

"For example, does Governor Romney think we should release all the notes and transcripts of the President's conversations with our allies, such as the Israelis and Europeans, tipping our hand to Tehran about every last element of our strategy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon? Our friends around the world need to trust that they can speak with the President of the United States in confidence, and that these conversations will not be politicized during an election...It is yet another indication that Mitt Romney is not ready to be Commander-in-Chief."

It's true — Romney does seem to love publicly discussing strategy. (Though he is reliably discreet when it comes to the really interesting stuff, like his secret human life, or his apparently explosive tax returns.)