WikiLeaks

Posted by on Dec 16, 2010 in Blog, Philosophy | 0 comments

Wikileaks.

Take a breath.

Okay. Take another one.

What is it about wikileaks that inspires an emotive response?

Wikileaks has been covered in the news a lot, and unless you’ve been living a hermetic ala Thoreau lifestyle, you’ve heard about the organization. I mean, for crying out loud, you’re on the internet reading this, so you must’ve heard about wikileaks. Wikileaks is an organization that allows people to submit secure, classified, secretive material from various sources, but mainly from government agencies, which is published in the public domain and hosted through multiple avenues.

Let’s look at wikileaks as a shell without any specifics. A person, generally without permission, takes sensitive and private content from their source, and sends it to wikileaks for them to publish and show the world the content.

The person sending the content to wikileaks didn’t have the right to; this is fact.

Moving on from the people that send the information to wikileaks, the content itself, especially if it contains military secrets, is generally something that shouldn’t be shared at all, but then why is there a sect of people that applaud wikileaks efforts? Some people believe that the content which wikileaks discloses should be released to the public because the information exposes criminal activity such as ‘the illegal Iraq war’ through the government, or other illegal business practices. Now while these people believe that this information will force the U.S. government, or other governments to watch what they do, and not go into war, etc, these releases of information probably don’t have much of an effect on what the U.S. does in the future.

I don’t think it can be determined whether what wikileaks is doing is right or wrong. Personally, I don’t agree what wikileaks are doing at all, especially by releasing cables with the U.S. government since this doesn’t have much relation to the war itself. I agree a bit with the sentiments that Julian Assange is a cyber terrorist and instead of using explosives, he is using private confidential information. I don’t agree with everything the U.S. government does, especially when the CIA or other organization meddle in affairs it shouldn’t be, but wikileaks went overboard way too many times especially in such a magnitude and in my opinion, he will be paying the consequences. Hopefully, it will be in a just way and charges are brought against him, not as a rape charge, but as a charge in relation to releasing government secrets. I understand that there are international legal ramifications with charging him, but because the organization extremely crosses the line and nothing prevents them from doing more damage, to the U.S. or other governments, they need to be dealt with and shutdown, especially because of using the guise of the press.

The press is another topic. Wikileaks says they’re a press organization, and yes, the press can release secretive information, but it respects the privacy of individuals involved if asked for that privacy. Wikileaks lambasts everyone and anyone that is in the files that are released simply by making it public. This is simply not right. Privacy is a freedom that we have, and Julian Assange and his cohorts neglectfully disrespect the privacy of the ones involved especially in the ‘cables’ leak.

Originally this post was going to be neutral, but you can now see that such an organization gets such an emotive response from me because of its lack of bearing. Please stop crossing the line putting lives at risk, and I would also ask the U.S. to unnecessarily put lives at risk too.

You know, Ron Paul defends wikileaks and while I campaigned for Ron Paul for president in 2008, and while I agree with most of what he says, I still think Assange in this case crossed the line.

I am also linking to another video. This video, by Mashable, seems to present WikiLeaks in such a good ‘media’ light.

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