Recently there has been lots of attention to Wikileaks, and the founder Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks states that its “primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. In this regard I am in total agreement with the organization, and would be the first to complain if it was targeted or hampered. In the past the organization has received awards for it’s postings.
I think recently I would say it’s gone a bit too far and has post fever! I cannot see why some of the leaks have been posted at all. It would seem that Wikileaks considers the American government, and military, to be an oppressive regime. I agreed with the disclosure of the Iraq war video and obvious murder of civilians. It was an injustice and needed to be brought to the publics attention.
Recently a list of Sites critical to the United States national security was leaked, this is where I start to wonder the motive for the disclosure. I fail to see who benefits from this disclosure other than terrorist groups. That is why I fear that Wikileaks although founded on great principles is going too far. Embarrassing nations will not bring about change, and to be honest diplomatic exchanges are personal and do not reflect government policy. Therefore it can be taken out of context, and this does nothing to change peoples lives.
I think by going too far, the information sources in the future will become harder to obtain. Governments are already cracking down on the way information is kept and monitored. So again I don’t know who Wikileaks has helped. The diplomatic community will forget the misgivings created by the mail disclosure. It’s the nature of diplomacy to be forgiving. The only one to come out badly in all this is possibly Julian Assange himself.
He embarrassed powerful people and they will not forget!