Friday, December 31, 2010

Wikileaks, As Bad As Some Think?

Okay, we all know about the recent Wikileaks problems (or atleast you SHOULD). With Julian Assange arrested and the site down we should ask why? Was it because secret material was leaked? Was it because it made our leaders look stupid and they're trying to have some sort of silly revenge? Or was it because it could possibly endanger our troops and strategies on our ongoing war? Lets take a look at each of these reasons which have grown to become popular in the media. 

First off, was it because of classified material being leaked to the public for all to see? This is probably the most probable reason on my list, people don't like their secrets being shared. On the other side however, we've had information leaks in the past and the .gov just turned their heads the other way. This brings me to my next point which asks if it was due to the content of the recent leaks right before its take down.

Secondly, Wikileaks published cables from foriegn leaders and ambassadors around the world saying how the Irish don't like the French, how Kim Jong-il is some short weird dude, etc. I highly doubt this is the reason as the media leaks embarrasing moments of politicians all the time. I can hardly turn to a news channel and not see someone showing something were a politician or world leader fucked up.

Next, a lot of people are screaming that it endangered the troops. While this is true and it could have endangered American lives, there is no evidence that any Americans or any other person was harmed or killed due to any leaks published from Wikileaks. It still could happen though, but its doubtful.

Maybe it's the fact that there are secrets the .gov keeps to ensure that no one can talk to foreign entities and warn them of our plans. Maybe there are things better left unknown.

So this brings me to my final question. Why is Wikileaks down and Assange arrested (other than the whole rape in Sweden thing)? Well never know the real reason behind this other than he broke the law and has to suffer the consequences. There might not even be a reason other than that. 

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