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The website WikiLeaks released over 250,000 classified documents onto the Internet, and the end result is that many politicians, world leaders, military officers, ambassadors, and heads of state now find themselves in the difficult position of having to re-evaluate the nature of political conversations. Should anything happen to the alleged 'leaker' of the documents? What effect do you see this having on the world at large?
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answered:    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.
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November 30, 2010
Hmm. I think it's a tough sell, any way you try to shake it out. Clearly, laws were broken, and those who broke the laws need to be punished. Still, I don't think there's a good way to ever go about following up or publishing confidential information of this nature. What Woodward & Bernstein did was a bit different than this. Also, it's interesting that the leaked material essentially targets the U.S. I don't think Russia or China or even Israel would be sitting so much at the sidelines if this WikiIdiot were publishing THEIR confidential materials. Also, I'm very concerned that we've allegedly been holding the source of the leak for four months (or so), but we've yet to charge him? AG Eric Holder insists that it's b/c there's an "ongoing investigation," but so what? If we have him, then let's get him charged and before a judge. The way I see it, it's treason, and that carries with it the death-by-execution possibility. These leaks have jeopardized (to some extent) the U.S. activities of the last ten years, and I think that needs to be acted upon now, not when some wayward political hacks think it's more 'convenient.' The only logical reason to delay a trial at this point could possibly be b/c those who may've been involved in some capacity have something to gain in keeping the leaker quiet. I can't think of any other logical reason. It just makes no sense to delay.
November 30, 2010
What is there to have an ongoing investigation on? At the very least, he violated privacy laws. I don't think we need to bring him to the guillotine but, he should be punished accordingly. I also agree with you about the only reason to delay trial is that they have something to gain from keeping him quiet. I think that dirty politicians need to be held accountable as well but, that it should be done through proper channels without endangering innocent people. Russia or China would've taken care of this guy so quickly that we wouldn't have even heard about it in the news.
 
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answered:    November 29, 2010
Yes, something should happen to the people who leaked all of this sensitive information. I understand that the people behind this are trying to reveal the truth and expose certain people, but there are more responsible and diplomatic ways to do so without publicly calling out the government and more importantly, putting our government and military, as well as those of many others, in vulnerable positions. You never know who might use this sensitive information in all the wrong ways.
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