View Full Version : Wikileaks...Best jounalism...OR...Worst nightmare

11-29-2010, 00:21
For the idiots who don't understand...Giving credit to journalists by quoting and linking the writing location on the WWW is a good way to avoid plagiarism.

If the preceding insulting "idiots" statement had been directed to the head of a country with nuclear capability and Wikileaks obtained the information, we may well have a new nuclear war underway after the release of the information.

This is one case that I believe journalism has went too far and rather than honoring them for revealing the government officials positions; I think wikileaks should be censored or shutdown.

I have not read all of the secret "off the record" material between government officials; But, here is their website and official statement.

WikiLeaks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks)
WikiLeaks states that its "primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations."[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-aboutwikileaks-0)[17 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-16)

WikiLeaks describes itself as “an uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking”. WikiLeaks is hosted by PRQ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRQ), a Sweden-based company providing “highly secure, no-questions-asked hosting services.” PRQ is said to have “almost no information about its clientele and maintains few if any of its own logs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_log).” The servers are spread around the world with the central server located in Sweden.[54] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-DN1-53) Julian Assange has said that the servers are located in Sweden (and the other countries) "specifically because those nations offer legal protection to the disclosures made on the site". He talks about the Swedish constitution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Sweden), which gives the information providers total legal protection.[54] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-DN1-53) It is forbidden according to Swedish law for any administrative authority to make inquiries about the sources of any type of newspaper.[55] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-54) These laws, and the hosting by PRQ, make it difficult to take WikiLeaks offline. Furthermore, "Wikileaks maintains its own servers at undisclosed locations, keeps no logs and uses military-grade encryption (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encryption) to protect sources and other confidential information." Such arrangements have been called "bulletproof hosting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletproof_hosting)."[56] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-55)[57] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-56)

Site management issues

There has been public disagreement between Julian Assange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who was suspended by Assange and on 28 September announced he would leave the company.[50] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-49)[51] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-50)[52] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-51) In October 2010, it was reported that Moneybookers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moneybookers), which collected donations for WikiLeaks, had ended its relationship with the site. Moneybookers stated that its decision had been made "to comply with money laundering or other investigations conducted by government authorities, agencies or commissions."[53] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#cite_note-moneybookers-52)

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.I hope the U.S. persuades other governments like Sweden to change their laws and shutdown Wikileaks.

11-29-2010, 12:26
Most so call journalist today are in the progressive world view camp and have very little interest in providing cover for their country governments. The sad part is the lack of security in the government itself and those working in it lack of loyalty. Granted there are some situations that may require the whistle blower to reveal thing that are clearly illegal. 40 years ago when I was in the the Navy I had a secret clearance because of the nature of my job and the classified material I was allowed access to and to this day I have never talked about it.