Wikileaks – why?

When Wikileaks published all that Iraq war info, I was pretty much okay with it. The war was a negative undertaking and, I think, criminal. So yeah, leak away.

But this one? Sorry Julian, I do not get it. A quarter million documents in which individuals gossip a bit, let a little candor show, express personal likes and dislikes – what exactly is achieved besides making it hard for people to talk to one another? Bad move. I haven’t seen anyone out there embracing what they did this time. At least not anyone whose voice is heard.

But, via to Little Green Footballs, there’s another one about to hit. And this time I could be aboard:

(Reuters) – The founder of whistle-blower website WikiLeaks plans to release tens of thousands of internal documents from a major U.S. bank early next year, Forbes Magazine reported on Monday.

14 responses to “Wikileaks – why?

  1. This leak is nothing more than a cheap attention getting trick, he should ashamed of himself and hopefully will soon be behind bars!

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  2. I suspect he’s a naïve and arrogant man – out to “disclose” that the world is rotten and politics a deceptive cynical game.

    He just makes things worse, of course.

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  3. When Wikileaks published all that Iraq war info, I was pretty much okay with it. The war was a negative undertaking and, I think, criminal. So yeah, leak away.

    But this one? Sorry Julian, I do not get it.

    there’s another one about to hit. And this time I could be aboard:

    I’m struggling to understand what makes breaking the law OK with you and what makes breaking the law NOT OKAY with you. Please tell me that it isn’t so simple as to whether or not it fits your version of politics.

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    • It’s not a matter of law pino. Wikileaks appears not to have broken any laws; they are extra-national after all. The leaker from the US of course broke laws and will be tried for serious serious crimes.

      There are leakers and whistleblowers all the time and I guess we judge each instance for ourselves – sometimes leaking is highly moral, sometimes it’s highly immoral. I think it’s situational. And again, we break laws sometimes for higher purposes – I’m thinking specifically of things like the civil rights protestors of the 60’s.

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      • Wikileaks appears not to have broken any laws; they are extra-national after all.

        Hmmm..it sounds like it’s so simple as to whether or not it fits your politics.

        That makes me sad.

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        • It’s not simple and it’s not politics – it’s whether or not something fits my sense of right and wrong.

          30 year old man rapes 15 year old girl – wrong. A crime.
          16 year old boyfriend has sex with 15 year old girlfriend – a crime by the letter of the law, but it’s relative and calls for judgement.

          Same act, but most people would judge them differently.

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          • 30 year old man rapes 15 year old girl – wrong. A crime.
            16 year old boyfriend has sex with 15 year old girlfriend – a crime by the letter of the law, but it’s relative and calls for judgement.

            Sure, totally am down with that. But given the same circumstances above, are you down with denying the 30 year old man his due rights? Are you okay with breaking the law in order to bring him to justice? Are you okay with the local feds searching his house without a warrant, interrogating him without reading him Miranda or allowing him access to an attorney?

            I suspect not.

            Yet you are all right with Wikileaks breaking the law when it comes to Iraq and BoA but oh-so-not-okay with it when it comes to Afghanistan . What it sounds like, is that you’re okay with breaking the law as long as the person breaking the law is doing it in the name of something you approve of.

            That kinda makes you EXACTLY like the people you rail against.

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          • It’s about secrets – some of which themselves are about crimes and cover ups.

            The Iraq war killed hundreds of thousands and committed a deeply immoral act in my name. You bet I want to know everything even if it means breaking laws (which those who perpetrated the war did also)

            The banks almost brought this country down and screwed tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions around the world. Go ahead and break laws to inform us of that.

            Let the lawyers deal with it. My rapist example isn’t about law – it’s about judgement – my judgement, which was your issue.

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        • Also – pino, the founding fathers were British citizens, committing treason.

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  4. shortbuswonderkid

    Robin Hood was a criminal. He broke the law, not because the law was bad, but because bad people like to hide behind the law. There was a time that we had ‘freedom of press and speech, and there was a time when real journalists were the whistle blowers (remember Watergate). What most beople don’t know, is that before world war 2, if you lived in Germany, it was illegal to listen to any broadcasts outside of Germany. If you listened to French or Dutch radio, you would be put in jail. Also, what most people don’t know is that the US is the #1 distributor of terror since the early 80s. Remember Iran/Contra? Remember Noriega? Pinochet? Afgan Rebels? Etc.

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  5. I’m looking forward to the BOA leaks. That should cause an uproar on the right.

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    • I cannot WAIT for the BofA leaks. I just hope they get them out there!

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    • I’m looking forward to the BOA leaks.

      Me too. In the same way I’m interested in hearing what Charlie Rangel did and what Maxine Waters did; break the law.

      That should cause an uproar on the right.

      From where I stand, the people on the Right with me like punishing people who break laws. It’s the LEFT that opposes enforcing the law. Which, again,makes my point. The Left is FOR punishing people when it fits their version of politics.

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