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Dialog: Is WikiLeaks Right Or Wrong?

The latest round of publicizing classified material from WikiLeaks has caused an uproar from both sides of the aisle. Some contend that the information released is on par with treason, while others hail the release of such material as an exposure of how leaders of the world make decisions and what they really think of one another. So is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Does leaking these cables hurt relationships among nations or open the door for a new honest approach? Can  Julian Assange founder of WikiLeaks be held on charges for the release of these documents?

From The Washington Post:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Justice Department and Pentagon are conducting “an active, ongoing criminal investigation.” Others familiar with the probe said the FBI is examining everyone who came into possession of the documents, including those who gave the materials to WikiLeaks and also the organization itself. No charges are imminent, the sources said, and it is unclear whether any will be brought.

Former prosecutors cautioned that prosecutions involving leaked classified information are difficult because the Espionage Act is a 1917 statute that preceded Supreme Court cases that expanded First Amendment protections. The government also would have to persuade another country to turn over Assange, who is outside the United States.

But the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is rapidly unfolding, said charges could be filed under the act. Read more

What are your thoughts?

12 Comments

  • aqualung says:

    So far I have not seen any evidence beyond speculation that these leaks are damaging to our national security. This clearly a case of shooting the messenger. The “bigwigs” in control got busted. This is the National Enquirer on the world stage and the players are embarrassed they got caught. I could care less.

    On another note the call for Hillary’s resignation is stupid. Does anyone really think she was the first one to call for spying on other diplomats? Is anyone surprised to find out the “other side” does the same thing? I for one consider these leaks to be the “transparency” we are all looking for.

  • steveo says:

    Hay look our goverment did something- they pressured Amazon.com to cut off WikiLeaks. They now say they want to set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using. You will never guess who agrees Sen. Joe Lieberman Holy Pow! Bam! Batman

  • Fasteddie says:

    Don’t worry steveo, Obama has his guy Holder workin on it.

  • steveo says:

    There we go . It’s Bushes fault. At least he stood up to those who tried to harm us. The Presidency is about the office, not the person that is in there. When is Obama going to stand up to anything. Don’t forget they had to force him to put a flag on his jacket.

  • DoubleO says:

    I just find it funny that the gov’t has the power to shut down websites but hasn’t found a way to stop this guy. Just sayin

  • aqualung says:

    Larry, Larry, still crying about Bush and Cheney. Your guy is in there now why hasn’t he done anything like he said he would? Because when he got in office he found out what he was up against. Take a hint from the elections earlier this month, yours and Obamas liberal philosophy have been rejected.

  • Fasteddie says:

    What I don’t understand is they are going after Assange, but what about those that leaked the classified information to him? Also how come the New York Times can’t be held liable for printing the leaked information? If Assange committed a crime aren’t the others accessories to the same crime? So far most of the headlines I’ve seen about the leaks are gossip tidbits more than national security.

  • larrylib says:

    Good, I hope there’s enough damaging evidence here to finally force the United States to get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush got us in those illegal wars to begin with and I’m sure there is something in those leaks big enough to bring him and Cheney up on charges. Now they’ll be exposed to the crimes they committed.

  • JWL says:

    latest word is that the wikileaks site is not able to function due to being hacked. what i find interesting is what is coming next. leaks about a big bank, from what i’ve read it could be bank of ameerica, wellsfargo, or jb morgan chase. also to come are leaks about pharmaceutical companies. if there is no harm that comes from these leaks then i think it’s a good thing they are exposing the crap that heads of states and ceos are doing that screws the rest of us. these leaks are sounding like a double edged sword.

  • aqualung says:

    Well Ed that’s why I want to know for sure. If this uproar is over leaders having embarrassing revelations come out and they are hiding under the guise of danger, then I have no problem with the release of these documents. But like you if these leaks can expose our troops to more danger then he must be stopped.

  • Ed Eagle says:

    Aqualung I’ve had the same questions as you. When the documents were released earlier in the year about the war in Afghanistan, has there been any direct correlation of those released documents and the consequences since? From my understanding, on a small amount of the 250,000 documents have been released. If there is evidence that these classified documents will harm our troops then I’m all for stopping him. On the other hand if a lot of these risks are based on assumptions of what could happen, then that could be done with or without the leaks.

  • aqualung says:

    I haven’t had time to read everything that’s been released, but I keep hearing that this puts a lot of people at risk of danger. However it’s always in general terms. What exactly has been released that places our soldiers and others in harms way? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending these leaks one way or the other, but to make an informed decision I need to know more.

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