The past couple days have been, to say the least, very enlightening, not so much for the revelations in the classified internal cables from U.S. embassies and the state department, but rather by the reaction of so many in the journalism world to Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. Many well-known media figures around the world have been calling Assange irresponsible, a traitor and a terrorist. Some senior political and opinion leaders in the U.S. and Canada have outright called for his assassination. Tell us what you think by clinking on the "Comments" link above. Is this a freedom of speech and information issue or has Wikileaks gone too far?
This is a situation in which one could say: "The truth is in the middle". But if I have to take a choice I would say this is good for us. Everytime we can know something that we don't know, that's good. Only the "men of power" can be afraid of that but it's their problem. Furthermore, every journalist have to write the truth but he is not obliged to reveal how and where he got his informations. I would certainly publish secret documents if I had some in my hands.
Adriano, I'd certainly agree with you. One needs to make a decision about whether one wants to live in a truly democratic or democratic-light society. I would prefer the former. As freedom of information is a cornerstone for such a society journalism like that of Wikileaks is essential. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the release of documents on various facets of the global banking cartel, both Bank of America in the U.S. and Swiss bank accounts in Europe.
19/1/2011 04:30:41 am
Well, it seems that some news from swiss banks are arriving in these days...
22/1/2011 06:17:11 am
About Wikileaks I think that this is the right way to govern the world. Not any states have to conspirate against an other, making a smile in front and conspirating back. In any case the truth is the right way to live better with ourself and with the other.
23/1/2011 07:25:49 pm
I agree with Wikileaks Job and with freedom of information. In my opinion it's right that we learn information about socially inadequate behaviors of government or companies; obviously Wikileaks needs to check if this anonymous information are true or not before releasing the news.
I believe the leaks are all vetted (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vetted) prior to its release. Often it is done through Wikileaks' media partners like the New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc. who do the vetting before writing articles on the subject. The leaks are then published on Wikileaks. The process while not perfect yet is quite effective.
23/1/2011 10:50:59 pm
I think some information may be dangerous and can shift the balance of the world, regardless of whether it is true or not....
24/1/2011 05:49:43 am
In my opinion it's important to have people that disclose information and truth hidden about national and international politics. These information help us to understand the true realities and power games. I don't know if all this can really help to change some situations, certainly it's annoying to many people. I believe that "to know" is better than "don't know".
24/1/2011 08:07:57 pm
I agree with Stefania
24/1/2011 09:17:15 pm
I agree with Assange and i hope there are more people that call into question the sincerity.
25/1/2011 06:33:42 pm
I don't have political ideas, so I think important to know what's happening in the world, to adapt our lifestyle to try to change their way of thinking. And don't forget that those who govern us, we put them there, and they are our employees because we pay taxes, some more than others.
25/1/2011 08:51:11 pm
I don't like writing about this argument.It doesn't matter. Mr. Assange discovered the sins of the leaders and when he decided to do this action he knew that all the political world was against him. Common people approves his bravery and smiles reading the top secret revelations about the biggest of the world. But I think that nobody will know the true.
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