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Steven Aftergood on Wikileaks

Steven Aftergood from the Federation of American Scientists has a thoughtful review of Wikileaks on Secrecy News today. He says that some of what Wikileaks does is “not whistleblowing and it is not journalism. It is a kind of information vandalism” and that “calling WikiLeaks a whistleblower site does not accurately reflect the character of the project.”

  • Wikileaks Fails “Due Diligence” Review. by Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News (June 28th, 2010)

    From one perspective, WikiLeaks is a creative response to a real problem afflicting the U.S. and many other countries, namely the over-control of government information to the detriment of public policy. WikiLeaks has published a considerable number of valuable official records that had been kept unnecessarily secret and were otherwise unavailable…

    [but] WikiLeaks must be counted among the enemies of open society because it does not respect the rule of law nor does it honor the rights of individuals.

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