Wikileaks: Is Secretive Julian Assange An Enemy To Openness?
WIKILEAKS: Those secrets in the leaked cables are Pobitch for the diplomats. They reveal information. But all information is open to interpretation. And millions of people have seen these cables – even a lowly tech like Bradley Manning could read them at will.
Sam Roggeveen writes:
Just because information is classified, does not mean it is valuable. Politicians are often seduced by the aura of clandestine information-gathering… the diplomats have not been able to convince their political masters that information gathered openly through diplomatic exchanges can be just as important as that which is gathered covertly.
The same principle holds good for the latest Wikileaks revelations.
“…more than three million US government personnel and soldiers, many extremely junior, are cleared to have potential access to this material.”
And if Julian Assange is all about openness, why doesn’t he release the files he says keeping in his back pocket as an insurance policy should he be disappeared or jailed? It’s not his information. It’s all of ours. He taught us that.
Wikileaks is useful and a big media player, but there are other sites. Publish and be damned…
Image: Protesters demonstrating against the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Swedish Embassy in London.