Wikileaks has acted irresponsibly, and perhaps as an inadvertent tool of those who want to stifle information sharing. It is again the law of unintended consequences. It is one thing to bring to light things the public needs to know, it is completely another to compromise the defense, diplomacy, alliances, and security of countries and people who interact with the United States. That serves no useful purpose whatsoever. Mr. Assange is making few friends, and since his financing is opaque, one must entertain the potential fact that he may actually be working for a foreign power. His site seems to target the US in particular. Wired’s view that Wikileaks is good for America is naive. Free speech requires responsible action, not “poison pills”, and threats to disrupt the security of a soveriegn nation. The free flow of uncomfortable information is not to be discouraged, but if Wikileaks had information from the Chinese of this caliber, he wouldn’t be breathing. Nor would his source. And since Wikileaks isn’t a press organization – I repeat, Wikileaks is not a press organization, has no established location and acts more as an anarchistic group that a legitimate force – they should have none of the protections that the 1st amendment affords in the US. Wikileaks may have given those who would slam shut the free flow of information more ammunition that the worst porns sites have. If Mr. Assange makes good on his “poison pill” threat, people will die, and he will have blood on his hands. He is playing an extraordinarily dangerous game. If someone dies as a result of these releases, you can bet the poor kid who gave him this information to Wikileaks will face the death penalty. Nothing good is coming from this.
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