Wikileaks – tread carefully
I’m the last person you’d want to talk to about how to handle international affairs (does the Golden Rule apply here?) but I’m certainly favor of government fearing the people instead of people fearing the government. Of course, there is definitely a time and place for secrecy. However, I think it’s being abused.
I could ramble on, but I think I’ll let Jeff Jarvis to the talking for me. I generally agree with his points in this CNN interview, in particular these three:
- It’s a shame Obama is clamping down on secrecy in response to Wikileaks instead of doing what he pledged he would do – create a transparent government. One that, presumably, is accountable to its people. It’s hard to be accountable when you don’t tell the public what you’re doing. Then again, that’s kind of the point from their perspective, isn’t it?
- With all the press in an uproar about Wikileaks they’d do well to remember that Wikileaks is a publication just as they are, complete with First Amendment rights. Instead of persecuting them, the press should be rallying around Wikileaks to protect them from unjust government persecution. It’s the whole, “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I’ll fight for your right to say it” mantra.
- The only way to control leaks is to be transparent.
Check out the interview below – well worth the time to hear the different perspectives.