“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” ~ T. Jefferson.

Julian Assange and his colleagues have acted in a brave and selfless way, persisting in outing secretive documents despite smear campaigns and pressure from the highest levels of government.

Even if Wikileaks’ actions achieve nothing in terms of delaying action against North Korea and Iran, a point has been made. The internet is a weapon for transparency and democracy, and governments have never been more accountable.

Another possible consequence is simply increasing the security of intelligence, which can only be a good thing in a world threatened by terrorists.



2 comments on “Wikileaks

  1. Luke Jones says:

    But is there a danger of precipitating some kind of war or terrorist outrage on the back of this sort of thing? Is there the likelihood of diplomats not feeling able to say what they really think, or placing undue trust in those who have no regard for their country or its interest?

    The internet is a fantastic tool and throws up many opportunities and challenges, many of which we haven’t yet fully grasped. I personally broadly agree, with as much accountability for authorities as possible, but like the case with free speech vs inflammatory language or civil liberties vs security, where do we draw the line?

  2. oliverjackson says:

    Complete freedom of information is not good. There are a lot of things the public shouldn’t know or have to think about. Politicians are elected to choose the people to make the difficult decisions without the media breathing down their necks or people out on the street panicking. I know there are a lot of things I’d rather not know.

    As to Wikileaks they likely had little or no idea what the result of releasing secret government documents would be and even if they thought they did, unexpected results have directed events too many times for their certainty to be assured. If it were my decision I’d plant evidence to either completely destroy their credibility or get them arrested and/or simply have their bank accounts drained, credits cards et al closed, a second mortgage taken out on their homes and so on, which would in all likelihood stop them in their tracks. Unless I wanted them to continue… or the documents they were releasing weren’t that valuable in the grand scheme of things, if all that mattered was politicians’ credibility then there would really be no point in taking any notable action against them.

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