It was a bad week for Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, after the organization suffered the full backlash for releasing about 250,000 US cables.
Many have said that releasing the cables has put the US in danger because they contain sensitive information. What about these cables would put US security at risk though?
Perhaps revelations of the following would put the US under a bad light:
- Thwarting an investigation into torture at Guantanamo Bay
- Engaging in a secret war
- Engaging in torture
- Covering up an attack on journalists
- Manipulating climate talks
I can see why the US government wouldn’t want this information leaked since it doesn’t exactly create a positive public image around the world. What’s the next logical step? Destroying the organization and launching a smear campaign instead of addressing the real issues.
Wouldn’t it be in the best interest of US security to stop engaging in these activities instead of stopping transparency? Don’t US citizens have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, especially when it involves these types of serious acts?