Friday, December 3, 2010

Wikileaks: Right or Wrong? The Debate.


DemocracyNow.org: Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News

"WikiLeaks is coming under attack from all sides. The U.S. government and embassies around the world are criticizing the whistleblowing group for releasing a massive trove of secret State Department cables. The WikiLeaks website is struggling to stay online just days after Amazon pulled the site from its servers following political pressure. The U.S. State Department has blocked all its employees from accessing the site and is warning all government employees not to read the cables, even at home. "These attacks will not stop our mission, but should be setting off alarm bells about the rule of law in the United States," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. We host a debate between Steven Aftergood, a transparency advocate who has become a leading critic of WikiLeaks, and Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for Salon.com. [Source: Democracy Now]

--->Update: 12/7 Assange arrested, many think he was snagged in a 'honey trap'...

Note: For some of the reasons debated above, to my knowledge I do not have a direct link to Wikileaks. If you see any such link here which I may have overlooked, kindly let me know so I can remove it. I am restricting posts at this site to coverage and commentary about the leaks as reported in the media at large in the interests of a debate about the role of transparency in an open, democratic society, a transparency which in general I support in principle.

--->Ciaron O'Reilly, Catholic Worker, is a long time Australian/Irish anti-war protestor. He comments here on the latest Wikileaks...

--->Mennonite Opinion on latest Wikileaks...

--->Could Wikileaks Set Back Open Government? In the wake of yet another massive disclosure of compromising US government secrets, it’s worth reflecting on whether Wikileaks is helping or in fact undermining the transparency movement in the United States and abroad...Read on

--->ABC radio interviews John Pilger: on Wikileaks - The War You Don't See...

--->MSNBC: Assange lawyer condemns calls for assassination of WikiLeaks' founder...

--->Village Voice: Rightbloggers on WikiLeaks: Kill Julian Assange, But Not Till We Use His Stuff Against Obama...

[Note: It is truly alarming how not a few are willing to completely disregard due process...sh]

--->The Atlantic: The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange By David Samuels...

--->Guardian: Assange answers reader questions...

--->Julian Assange Is Morally Wrong For Wikileaks
Afghan War Documents Leak...

--->Julian Assange: Life is Hard in a World Without Hippies...

--->Reports: Assange, according to the following, is not wanted on rape charges, but something else...(Warning: mature news subject matter...)

--->Wikileaks warrant 'issued to UK'...Swedish authorities have made a fresh request to UK police to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange following sex crime allegations...

--->WikiLeaks cables: US worried about Catholic Workers...

--->WikiLeaks loses major source of revenue...PaylPal Cuts it off

--->Guardian: WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord...

Three unquestionably brilliant men who for nearly thirty or more years now I have found virtually impossible to either agree or disagree with entirely across many lines, while savoring almost every thought and word of theirs which I could manage either to hear or get my hands on: Chomsky and Vidal each in their own way have been necessary scourges of unchecked power in our time, especially American imperialism, though each are romantically attached to the political Left and its dogmas, filtering practically all of history (especially colonial history) through that distorted, cracked lens. Buckley in his turn was the scourge of centralization and totalitarian systems to which the Left tended vaguely and dreamily, though he was often reluctant to own up to our own wanton aggression in the world which provoked others and made even damnable Communism seem plausible to too many for too long. Each with all his smart prejudices and convictions acted like a necessary check and balance to the other in important ways.

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