Do You Support Wikileaks?The world, for the past few months, has been infested with the word 'Wikileaks'. What is Wikileaks? Wikileaks is a non profitable website constructed to bring regular...

Do You Support Wikileaks?

The world, for the past few months, has been infested with the word 'Wikileaks'. What is Wikileaks? Wikileaks is a non profitable website constructed to bring regular information and non classified information. The question is, why would a country have non classified information? Why would they ban their citizens from knowledgeable details? Well, Wikileaks is here to help insure all information arrives right in front of your doorstep. I, personally, support Julian Assange, creator of Wikileaks.

 

 

What is your opinion? Do you support mine?

 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with everyone here.  The internet is a wonderful place, but it can also be abused.  I find this analogous to outing an undercover cop.  Do so, and you'll likely get the person killed.  Does the public have a right to know?  Whatever the situation, this person is risking his or her life for your safety and just doign his or her job.  Why do you have the right to get him or her killed just so we know what's going on?  What is more important?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The idea that everyone has the right to know everything about everything our government does is overly idealistic and naive.  We live in a world that has borders and competing interests.  Yes, there should be checks and balances against government actions that are illegal, but Wikileaks was extremely irresponsible in leaking all of the information it did.  What possible purpose could damaging our relations with other countries and limiting their willingness to speak openly with our diplomats serve other than to make it more difficult for the United States to safely navigate world affairs?  I don't understand this group at all.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You are talking about an individual here but Wikileaks leaks with GOVERNMENT issues. In this case, there is a huge difference.

I don't agree.  There's no real difference.  Governments are in relationships with other governments.  The opinions of one government about another are not meant to be heard.  They are like a person's internal thoughts.

I agree that there should be transparency where it is possible, but the release of the diplomatic cables was reprehensible.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think what wikileaks did was improper. While I agree that governments should be transparent in most of it's operations, I also recognize that there are aspects of it that need to remain out of the public eye. What occurred with wikileaks could damage relations with other countries and have an overall affect on the citizens of the United States.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't support your idea at all.  Here's why a country would have secrets:

Let's use a friendship as an analogy.  You have a friend and you care about them, but you also are annoyed by something about them.  You have that secret in your mind, right?  And you wouldn't want your friend to know it, right?  It's the same way with a country.  Messages between diplomats are like thoughts in a country's own mind.  They are not meant to be broadcast any more than your secret thoughts about your friend.  It is not shameful to have such secrets, it is part of life.

What Wikileaks is doing is like someone taking your diary (if you had one) and posting it for everyone to see.  It's simply destructive.

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nemonotes | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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You are talking about an individual here but Wikileaks leaks with GOVERNMENT issues. In this case, there is a huge difference.

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