My favorite WikiLeak.

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

My favorite WikiLeak is the article about extrajudicial killings in Kenya.  I am highly critical of the existence of WikiLeaks.  I am a firm believer in freedom of speech, but I also believe in responsibility of speech.  The creator of the site clearly has not weighed the pros and cons of spreading secret documents.  He’s already been warned that his site risks the lives of military personnel and civilians.  His publication of the article that describes the plans to reunify Korea was one of exceeding irresponsibility.  The thought of spreading the plans of the entire world, and North Korea’s only ally, when the affected rogue nuclear-powered state has access to that information.  There has been very little in the way of Kim Jong-Il following through with his threat of “turning Seoul into a sea of fire”.   In another part of the world, it is threatening Middle Eastern relations.  It’s been found that Saudi Arabia asked the United States to “cut off the head of the snake” in a reference to Iran’s nuclear program.  Qatar, Jordan and the UAE all backed this position.  The reason why they didn’t want this made public is likely that it would provide even more instability to the region, and make Iran feel isolated.  A covert operation led by the United States to thwart a potential Pakistani nuclear program was made public as well.  WikiLeaks is an irresponsible, pointless, and selfish website.  The creator of the site is using it for personal gain, and clearly is not doing it for social justice.  If he were creating this site for social justice, and I believe the site could be used for that and it has been, he would take the lives that he’s pointlessly risking into consideration.  The reason why I chose the article about extrajudicial killings in Kenya is because  it was when the website was still a noble cause.  The documents it released actually shed light on situations, without risking the outbreak of armed conflict.  The man, Julian Assange, an Australian-born protesting the American government, doesn’t realize that the very fact that he’s alive makes his arguments invalid.  He complains about an authoritarian government that crushes all those in its way.  Fortunately for him though unfortunately for his stance, the United States is not that government, and his protests continue to be heard.  Assange generally seems to not think things through, and has stated plans to release documents detailing “despotic regime’s in China, Russia, and Central Asia”.  The American government has not called for his execution, but China and Russia have no objections to covert executions against “political dissidents”. I hope for the world’s sake that Assange realizes the irresponsibility of his website, and plans to only put up documents that no longer hold the security of the world in balance.

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  1. 13tanish says:

    Okay, FIRSTLY…the Kenyan thing was pretty cool. I liked this thing by WikiLeaks:

    “In 2004, a German citizen was snatched in Macedonia and allegedly taken to a secret prison by the CIA. Agents had apparently mistaken him for an al-Qaeda suspect…The US [tried] to persuade Germany not to issue international arrest warrants for the CIA agents accused of involvement…US diplomats “pointed out that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the US”.
    –BBC

    It infuriated me. The United States got away with such a despicable act.
    But more importantly, I disagree with your perception and views on WikiLeaks. Like you, I strongly advocate for the freedom of speech as well as the responsibility of speech. Clearly, Dr. Laura Schlessinger isn’t being responsible when she roars the n-word eleven times in 5 minutes. Hate speech is unethical, so you have to be responsible. However, WikiLeaks is a form of journalism and, because of organizations like WikiLeaks, the truth about the world can be made public. The general public has an inherent entitlement to know about the news, and we can’t have governments dishonestly hiding potentially dangerous or crucial information from us. When I see the United States and other governments reprimanding Assange for his actions, I, in all honesty, feel like its an immoral, reprehensible crackdown on freedom of press and speech. Now, I do not mean to in any way insinuate that Julian Assange is some hero (he’s allegedly raped two women for God’s sake, and he’s kind of an extremist) or that WikiLeaks is not a threat to national security. It is a threat. That’s an incontrovertible fact, notwithstanding the fact that this leak wasn’t a big deal. However, corruption, impropriety, and suchlike exists, and allowing the statesmen to hide such realities is utterly condemnatory. At the same time, though, I must admit some governmental operations must be hidden so that international relations do not deteriorate or so that said operations succeed. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to that says, “I realized pretty quickly when I started playing around with email, I am not going to email this one. I’m gonna call George Stephanopoulos on the phone, say to this to him verbally, and to no one else because I don’t want anyone else to ever know it….You can’t write these [top secret] things down.” And he’s right. The only real way to secure such top secret deals is to make them actually top secret by not writing them down and talking to them in person or on the phone. Whistleblower sites and organizations should be permitted to leak secret governmental info, it’s journalism, and at times when REAL secrecy is needed, you can’t write it down. So yeah, I hope you liked my opposition.

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