Monday, November 29, 2010

Has Wikileaks gone too far?

I am not saying it has - but I am wondering.

For good or bad, whatever they have disclosed thus for hasn't been surprising to me. I sort of expected this from US albeit in a slightly toned down fashion. But this last disclosure is more like icing on the cake with no consequential relevance. Putin isn't going to be impressed, but in a closed setting people are normally more open in stating what they really feel. Unless there are stark lies in what has been disclosed, we should let it pass. To me, it is just another reinforcement of US arrogance.

The other question to consider is - has Wikileaks gone too far? How far is too far? Should everything be disclosed just because it is available and can be disclosed? Right now, for the most part, the receiving end has been the US. It may be just that tomorrow other nations might be - depending on who is blowing the whistle. What if nations get together and shutdown Wikileaks? Australia has already offered its support to the US.

Wikileaks is serving a need. It is taking an extreme standpoint, almost suggesting a stand off, but the truth is that all the deviousness and cruelty under the guise of "classification" wouldn't have come to light if not for those disclosures. Nothing much has changed as a result of these disclosures save shedding light on the true color of certain things going on under covers. The sad truth will be that if Wikileaks goes away, there is nothing to take its place.

But mainly - I think it is a great demonstration of what a great flattener the Internet is. Something like this would have never been possible two or three decades ago. I really wish people take this as a call to transparency - especially with Governments. With these disclosures rubbing off in the wrong way, that should be the last thing to expect!

2 comments:

Anupama said...

Of course, every country and embassy will have information on other countries and heads of state. They will have their internal discussions and opinions. I felt wikileaks went too far this time. Disclosing the number of civilians killed in Iraq is one thing, but this is not right. Intelligence gathering happens everywhere and it is for a purpose. We all know what the USA thinks of Russia, Afghanistan, India. Now, its proof?

Anupama said...

Of course, every country and embassy will have information on other countries and heads of state. They will have their internal discussions and opinions. I felt wikileaks went too far this time. Disclosing the number of civilians killed in Iraq is one thing, but this is not right. Intelligence gathering happens everywhere and it is for a purpose. We all know what the USA thinks of Russia, Afghanistan, India. Now, its proof?

 
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