Has your mum ever told you that if you didnt have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all? Well maybe governments need take their mothers advice. If governments are doing things that they don’t want people finding out about then maybe it’s a good indication that they shouldn’t be doing it. There are countless example throughout the past decades of government cover-ups, to only have to truth leak out later. During the Vietnam War, President Richard Nixon lied about the US bombing in Cambodia, once this information was released to the public, over 700 school, universities and colleges closed due to protests.
We need whistleblowers. We need people to tell us what government’s wont. We need people to ask the hard questions that politicians can’t avoid. ‘Collateral Damage’ did just that. As much as the government tried they couldn’t deny the footage of the soldiers killing civilians,
I don’t see Julian Assange and the other whistleblowers as criminals. To me they are mere truth tellers and they overcome any obstacle (or firewall) to get the truth out there. They are allowing us to be fully informed, instead of being blinded by ignorance.
I understand the legal issues of hacking into government agencies etc but it’s not as if they are stealing money from the government or disarming their military, all they are doing is releasing the truth.
The way I understand it, governments fear what they can’t control or stop, and WikiLeak is just that. Wikileaks can’t be easily be dismantled 9the internet would basically need to be pulled apart if someone tried to do end Wikileaks) and even if this is, many other hactivists will continue their work. The internet has given us freedom of expression and curiosity and individuals are using this to try and seek the truth.
Has there being any severe consequences from doing this?
Has anyone been killed or attacked as a result of WikiLeaks? (I have not heard of this happing, but if anyone does know if this has occurred, send me a link).
As the X Files taught me, the truth is out there’ and a geeky, anti-social tween is going to find it.