WikiLeaks readies next release
CIA documents next up
WikiLeaks used Twitter to tell the world it is to release a CIA document later today.
The site's supposed crusade of transparency has been over-shadowed in recent days by its founder's legal difficulties in Sweden.
Swedish prosecutor Eva Finne is still considering whether or not to prosecute the site's founder Julian Assange for alleged molestation charges made by two Swedish women. A decision is expected later this week.
The prosecutor's office issued, then withdrew, rape charges against Assange over the weekend. Assange denied any wrongdoing and claimed it is a Pentagon-backed smear campaign.
The claims have led to a predictable storm of conspiracy theory claim and counter-claim online, ranging from claims of CIA dirty tricks to self-promotion by Assange himself.
A lawyer representing one of the women told the Wall Street Journal that claims of CIA involvement were nonsense and had no substance, while Assange's lawyer said his client was innocent and the handling of the case had been an abuse of the law. ®
So, you're saying that it's not in the public's interest to know what the military (one of the largest sinks of tax payer's money) is up to?
Personally, I think that it's more important for the state to be accountable than a private company.
I can boycott Coke or Pepsi if they use Indian slave labor, I have that choice if i'm made aware. But I can't refuse to pay my taxes if they are being used to blow up Afghan civilians. That's not a choice that I have. So it's more important that we be made aware in order to shame them into stopping.
There should be no need for Wikileaks
In an ideal world there should be no need for Wikileaks to publish these documents.
The Washington should have archived them and willingly made them available for public consumption itself.
The government is needlessly keeping millions of documents secret, or worse, is destroying them without ever admitting to.
The constitution needs amending to end this endless and needless secrecy. If American troops in Afghanistan are forced to reveal what they are doing then maybe they will think twice before dropping bombs on civilians and torturing people, and if they aren't killing civilians or to torturing people then there won't be any documents to reveal
Take the names of informants out by all means, but leave in the rest. If the government is spending tax payers money bribing the Taliban, or compensating the families of dead civilians, then the tax payer should be informed
So what you are saying is...
That you want someone to filter all the inputs you get from the world so you only get the interesting ones? An un biased filter of course. One that would never hide any information that may be of interest. You realise that such a filter can never exist? It's all or subjective: deal with it.