November 30, 2010
There's a way to do this (Woodrow and Bernstein) and there's a way not to do this (posting military strategies, political discussions, and deals on the Internet). I believe that there should definitely be some consequence, what they did was illegal, to say the least. They were in no legal position or authority to release private and privileged information. Think about it- if you got fired from your job and decided to write about private company information on the web, you'd be held legally liable. If they received privileged information, it is their responsibility to do due diligence and interview all involved parties. If the information was confirmed, they can use the press's BFF "Confidential Informant" and protect themselves under the press's confidentiality laws. Also, the involved parties could say no comment or inform them of the legal/political/military dangers that WikiLeaks would place upon the public and/or the world at large. I do think it's a good thing to make dirty politicians own up to their corrupt practices, I just think that there has to be a better, more legal way to do that.