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December 1, 2010

WikiLeaks should be stopped

Ada —  

The New York Times is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is investigating security leaks by WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange. WikiLeaks is the website on which hundreds of secret U.S. documents are being made available for anyone who cares to read them. 

As such, Mr. Assange’s WikiLeaks is undermining American diplomacy at best and our national security at worst. He should be stopped and his website shuttered.

We live in an age when people sometimes reveal private details of their lives on websites for all the world to see. This is a mistake, but WikeLeaks goes one better. Among other things it has revealed private thoughts of public officials about their counterparts in other parts of the world never intended for the public domain.

In personal terms the parallel would be for private citizens to suddenly learn of a website that broadcasts personal thoughts about their bosses, difficult clients, their mothers-in-law or certain co-workers. 

International diplomacy is a delicate art and while the preliminary indications are no lasting harm was done by these most recent revelatory documents, who knows what might show up next on WikiLeaks that could do a great deal of harm?

It is also incumbent on America’s current administration to put a stop to this piracy from its source. Someone on the inside is providing WikeLeaks with access to secret information. If this is not treason it only misses it by the skin of its teeth.

Other news sources also had access to these documents but displayed journalistic judgment in publishing only those they deemed not to present a security threat or that they determined not to be germane to the public discussion of international events. What one diplomat thinks privately about another doesn’t qualify.

Journalism maintains the public has a right to know. But WikiLeaks is creating a new and potentially dangerous information paradigm and should be stopped.

 

— Loné Beasley

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