The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

Summary: At a Churchill Club event in Santa Clara, Neville Roy Singham, Founder of Thoughtworks, makes a case for why the core values of the Internet, including freedom of press, are at risk in the wake of the WikiLeaks revelations.

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  • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

    Freedom of snitch is not freedom of speech. Wikileaks has only given the government more fuel to deny freedom of speech. Get a clue!
    ITOdeed
  • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

    Your US Government has so much power over your minds and your ability to think for yourselves, that you are afraid of the power they have to defend their wrongdoings against your constitution and bill of rights.

    Your Government walks over each and every one of you day in and day out by instilling a feeling of fear where there is none and many other controlling ways. It?s similar to being in a misogynistic or Misandristic relationship.

    The rest of the World is fast loosing respect for you as individuals to speak up against your Government for what it does against you and indeed people in other parts of the World. The World no longer revolves around the USA and it's institutions.

    Be prepared to criticise them and they will be forced to change their ways lest you loose your freedom of speech and individual independence forever.

    It's up to you yanks to take back your freedom from your morally corrupt Government by making and allowing publication of criticisms like mine here on the web and by definition any Criticism be it by me or you or by WikiLeaks. I am able to do this in my country so why can't you. I can openly and publicly criticise my Government and even the Prime minister personally to their face with no possibility of retribution, so why can't you? We recently kicked our Prime Minister out because he was not performing the way ?WE? wanted.

    Aussie Doj
    woja
    • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

      @woja
      It is not the government of the United States that is corrupt. It is the people who are elected by ignorant voters that are morally corrupt. WikiLeaks is powerless to stop this kind of corruption. But, in fact, WikiLeaks aids it by feeding right wing politicians the ammunition they need to do their moral corruption. Get a clue!
      ITOdeed
      • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

        @ITOdeed <br>Mate, the truth is that WikiLeaks type of behavioural standards is actually very, very LEFT WING. It doesn't get more lift wing.<br>I think you are confusing that with what you personally think about the right wing behaviour of your politicians, who MUST to their mind, fight left wing ideas at any cost. <br><br>Just one more thing buddy. You seem to think that there is a difference between the Government and the politicians. The truth is no difference in the US to what government is in the rest of the World and that is that the Government machine is the slave or does the bidding of the elected politicians and enacts the Politician/Lawmakers deliberation and decisions. <br><br>The Pollies are the Government in fact.

        So.....If you want to change things you must change the way voters think and who they give their votes to at election time. (Now that is a clue my friend). It is the whistle blowing movements like WikiLeaks that can accomplish this by exposing corruption and wrongdoing and then publicising it, but they can only achieve this if there are people willing to give them the information / ammunition to change voters minds from corruption and wrongdoing politicians.
        woja
    • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

      @woja <br>FUD plays a huge role here in the US, at least to those ignorant to listen to the ridiculous politics of the past couple years. Children they act like, name calling, finger pointing, nay saying, downright lying, and willfully withholding pertinent data to satisfy their personal agendas. Disgusting it is, I agree.<br><br>I for one fear only the citizens as I embark on my daily adventures through "idiot land" where people cant drive, can barely think for themselves, fast food isnt fast enough, and never have enough time to actually consider the mayhem throughout their days and what kind of propoganda they are being fed day in and day out. Such is life...<br><br>WikiLeaks is a very touchy subject matter, I can argue both for and against it. It is good to get certain things in the open and bad for other things which may in fact endanger individuals doing what is right. Regardless of the reasons, WikiLeaks in one which will likely cause more good than harm in the long term, letting people know exactly what is going on to make their own determinations. The real issue is the initial "shock" factor, which most live in these rose-colored glass houses, and thus are sickened by what they see and hear of not realizing it is [for the most part] a daily occurrence all over, media has simply made it more accessible. As the adage says "Same s&!t different day".
      ryanstrassburg
  • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

    As a people, we have been given many rights and many rights have slowly been taken away. The original ten Bill of Rights - amendments to our Constitution - were added as a precaution of our government going in the direction of a dictatorship. Freedom of speech was intended solely for the news media to relate things the government was doing without fear of retaliation by being put in jail or worse. The same with the Second Amendment allowing citizens to be able to fight back should the government begin a coup. And etc. etc. with the others. HOWEVER, as we have become more aware of in recent events, having the legal right doesn't preclude having the moral right. Case in point, the Mosque in New York City. When releasing information that may or may not be protected under "right to know" laws that can lead to the deaths of the people around the world that we are trying to help or they are trying to help us - is most obviously morally wrong and should be considered treasonous. It is one thing for the residents of a particular country to know what their government is doing, it is another for its enemies to know as well. As with all things in life - moderation is key to benefit.
    adlab@...
  • RE: The argument in favor of defending WikiLeaks' right to exist

    @ITOdeed you are one of the many sheeple in this world that believes every singly little thing your Gov tells you, it's quite obvious to many intelligent people from Scientists to Freedom Fighters that people like you are either as thick as 2 planks put together or you secretly work for the gov which one is it?
    johnpall@...
  • Assange given Sydney Peace Medal

    You may (or may not depending which side of the Wikileaks saga you are on) be interested to know that Assange was recently awarded this - only the third awarded in the 14-year existence of the prize.
    jonc2011