Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My Wiki-Thoughts

I want to go back in time a bit to an article by Glenn Greenwald of Salon that really caught my attention related to the whole WikiLeaks controversy. 

In his article, Greenwald raises the following question regarding the publication of this New York Times article:  "The question that emerges from all of this is obvious, but also critical for those who believe WikiLeaks and Julian Assange should be prosecuted for the classified information they have published:  should the NYT editors and reporters who just spilled America's secrets to the world be criminally prosecuted as well?"

I think that it is a very good question.  I have friends and family who are currently working, or have worked, in intelligence, and to a person, they are truly bothered by what Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is doing in revealing what it has revealed.  But I did ask one relative a similar question.  What is different about what WikiLeaks does and what investigative reporters do for news organizations?  And why is one considered a terrorist by some, and others considered heroes (like Woodward and Bernstein with Watergate)?

No one wants his or her privacy violated, and that is understandable.  But until we can answer Greenwald's question, then I think it is silly to call Assange a terrorist (like the one we dropped the ball on finding a few years ago).

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