Transparency

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In this editorial, the new Wikileaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD) is being released to the world to see. The library boast of holding over 2 million records of the US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on Earth. The library holds data from the Kissinger table, which comprises of 1.7 million documents on US diplomatic information that has been classified as ‘secret’. Assange tagged this “the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published”. These documents are from the National Archives and Records Association (NARA), which evaluates and releases government documents to the public after 25 years. Wikileaks said that they made “a detailed analysis of individual fields” to “reverse-engineer” the PDFs and create PlusD, a database of these documents that people can actually search through.

 

This database relates to Assange’s principles that can be inferred from Raffi Khatchadourian’s article No Secrets. The article states that he had some altruistic motive and he acted on the belief that everyone should have access to everything. This was one of the reasons Assange started Wikileaks. With this transparency, he hoped to expose injustice to the world and the people can have an idea on the kind of data the government collects about them and also know what the government does with this data.

 

Compared to 2010, there has been a huge change in how the society reads Wikileaks today. In 2010, Wikileaks was a new establishment and many people especially the press doubted its credibility. Though all its sources were stated, people where just uncertain about it. It also received a lot of criticism about exposing confidential information. Most of these criticisms where made to shy Wikileaks away from exposing embarrassing information about the government. But now in 2014, Wikileaks has been embraced by the society as a very credible source of confidential information. Seeing that Wikileaks doesn’t break any legal laws, its critics have reduced though some still exist. Wikileaks has now been installed as part of the society and works as a conscience for the governments.

4 thoughts on “Transparency”

  1. Your last statement about how Wikileaks works as sort of a conscience for our governments is interesting because in the beginning, the government weren’t so happy with them. Now, they have to accept Wikileaks because of how the population has accepted how Wikileaks sharing information with everybody. I believe the thought that Wikileaks information availability for all is appealing to the masses because who doesn’t want to know the government’s dirty secrets? This not only keeps the government in check, as you have stated, but sort of prevents them from trying to do anything that will dirty their image in the future.

  2. I don’t believe that the government is fully accepting of Wikileaks, I feel as though they couldn’t do anything to take it down without the public starting an uproar. By taking down the site, it would prove that the government has things to hide that they don’t want the public to know. Although all governments have secrets, the public would interpret this as a constraint on public knowledge and free speech. If the government were to remove Wikileaks entirely, they run the risk of infringing on freedom of speech.

  3. Personally I’m not particularly sure about how I feel towards Wikileaks. Although it reveals several mistakes, corruption, etc. in our government (which in itself is both a good and bad thing), there are some things that the world should not know about the things our government does because it could result in a risk towards our national security. I for one never thought about how society has changed their perspective towards Wikileaks. I do find it interesting that people doubted its credentials and therefore doubted the videos and information a few years ago but now the documents are almost fully supported and supposedly reliable. I am still not sure whether I support Wikileaks, but I do think the government should be held accountable for their wrongdoings instead of getting by without any criticism or punishment.

  4. Wikileaks has not yet been fully accepted by the government because there are so many activities they carry out that they need to remain hidden. But to the society, Wikileaks is a very efficient way of finding information about the governments.

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