Information is a rare privilege that we, as citizens of our nations, are meagerly receiving. WikiLeaks not only provides valuable information regarding our country's political and governmental affairs, but stands as a symbol for transparency between the ruler and the ruled. While many international bodies seem to believe that this website is a threat to national security and even so, a terrorist organization plotting to usurp or overthrow governments, the fact remains true that fear is muddling their minds. WikiLeaks breaks the fear barrier and courageously tackles the moral obstacle of secrecy.
We elect officials so that they can run the country. If they're not doing it properly, most people will know and they'll be out come the next election. But things like weapons deals with terrorists, war crimes and corruption - clearly these are more damaging than anything that Wikileaks can reveal. Those in power need to be held accountable for the actions they take part in behind the public's backs, which normally benefit themselves or others in power. If not Wikileaks, are we to rely on a government-regulated, often government-censored press? Democracy without truth is a failure on the people. Democracy is flawed, even without considering the facts given to us by Wikileaks. We vote for people who do nothing to solve the problems, or make them worse. That's another debate, though.
The free and open availability of information is essential to ensure an informed and empowered electorate. Democratic systems depend on the participation of citizenry at large, not just a powerful elite, and without the availability of unencumbered sources of information, that participation is compromised by the threat of important information being controlled by the powerful. Some argue that national security and reasonable privacy are threatened by Wikileaks -- it is true that Wikileaks creates challenges for both. However, these challenges are not uniquely created by Wikileaks -- they are and always have been inherent in the concept of free speech.
A society where information is given to the people is a good one. People have a right to know exactly what their government is up to. If a government has something to hide, it should seriously concern the people. Wikileaks was a win for democracy and freedom. Bradley Manning should be applauded for his heroism.
Yes, I believe that Wikileaks is good for democracy. Julian Assange, the founder and main contributor to Wikileaks, has been unfairly persecuted for releasing top-secret government documents and breaking several laws in the process. Wikileaks doesn't release these documents and information to defy the authority of the governments involved, but rather to promote transparency between governments and the people. Wikileaks is indeed good for democracy because a country's making everything transparent to its citizens goes a long way toward generating trust among them.
WikiLeaks is good for democratic movements because it puts some measure of power back into people's hands. The information can be disseminated by ordinary citizens for them to decide whether or not the leaks are worthy of citizens' attention. Leaking sensitive documents may be illegal or in poor taste. However, it does allow for citizen review of government policies.
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All of the arguments against are misinformed by, or come directly from, the propaganda machine trying to hide it's war crimes. No one has been hurt by wikileaks, it's all spin. The only thing at risk is US hegemony and their crimes against humanity and that's why they are trying to shut it down. It is a triumph of humanity that a murderous empire that thwarts democracy in dozens of countries cannot suppress the horrendous truth about it's crimes. If you don't believe these facts (which are easily researched), then you have been a helpless victim of the propaganda machine. I'm for justice and not letting war criminals get away with the murder of millions and calling it 'freedom and democracy'.
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One thing is exposing lies and corruption, but much of what wikileaks shows poses a danger to democratic countries and their operatives. Making secret CIA and DoD documents on, say, the locations and missions of counterterrorist or other strIke units, public, is not helping democracy. It is sabotaging the 'good' guys by giving their secret info to everyone who wants it, including terrorists and oppressive regimes. Bottom line is, WikiLeaks should only expose documents that show info that is ACTIVELY HURTING PUBLIC INTERESTS. Corruption, criminal activity from those in power, coverups—ok. Other stuff, not so much. As long as WikiLeaks doesn't see the distinction, it poses a threat to the spread and maintenance of democracy.
I believe that us American citizens should know what our country is doing but to what extent should we know? I believe that we American should only know things that couldn't hurt other people. Also we Americans should have privacy and safety so we do not get hurt like many others have.
Wilikeaks is a terrorist organization that is trying to cause discord in the world. Leaking sensitive information is not the way to solve issues. The fact that Snowden has sought asylum in Russia shows just now democratic Wikileaks is. You can't be civil right activist if you go running for help from the Kremlin.
For the most part Wikileaks is a great website. I love everything it stands for, but somethings that the government does should be capped a secret no matter what it is, to protect the country it stands behind. If you do throw out secrets to the world some of the secrets will just destroy the government in the process. So there is only so much you can give out before it will destroy the government and the people under it. You know in the the US you have the freedom of speech right but you can't just say "THERE'S A BOMB!!!!!" in public. As well as disturbing the peace in witch Wikileaks does (That's why the US doesn't really like Wikileaks. But every thing else that it does it just fine).
In the United States, there is a feeling that everyone has the right to know everything and anything they desire. There are certain issues that need to remain private or classified for the safety of those involved. Wikileaks does not seem to have any filters in place when it comes to the ability to grab headlines. This anything goes attitude releases information that is not for public consumption.
While I agree that there is the possibility of covering up negative things and of hiding bad behavior, I don't believe that full access to any and all information is good for a country as a whole. When we elect officials to office, we should demand that they live up to the requirements of that office, including ethical and moral obligations. Outing those that are behaving poorly or breaking the law is acceptable but airing dirty laundry or classified secrets that could have consequences to the safety and wellbeing of others is not appropriate.