Thoughts on WikiLeaks

I have two primary thoughts on Wikileaks. First, I find it cute how so many people immediately started throwing around the word “cables”, as if they’re totally, like, in the in! Pfft. Second, you know Julian Assange is doing something right if he’s getting governments to freak out this much.

WikiLeaks had become an Internet vagabond Friday, forced to move from one website to another as governments and hackers hounded the organization, trying to deprive it of a direct line to the public.

EveryDNS — a company based in Manchester, New Hampshire, stopped directing traffic to the website wikileaks.org late Thursday after it said cyber attacks threatened the rest of its network.

But while wikileaks.org remained unreachable Saturday, the organization has found new homes. Its German website wikileaks.de was reachable Saturday, and so was its Swiss domain.

The Swiss address directs traffic to servers in France, where political pressure quickly mounted with Industry Minister Eric Besson on Friday saying it was unacceptable to host a site that “violates the secret of diplomatic relations.”

The web hosting company OVH confirmed that it had been hosting WikiLeaks since early Thursday, after a client asked for a “dedicated server with … protection against attacks,” adding it was now up to the courts to decide on the legality of hosting the site on French soil.

Probably the worst thing in all this is that with all these government attacks and arrest warrants, the sexual assault and rape charges Assange faces in Sweden are only being undermined. Honestly. Who actually believes those charges are at all legit? I certainly don’t. And, unfortunately, I’m sure many other people hold the same doubts. That isn’t to say it’s unfortunate that people doubt what are probably bogus charges meant to make Assange look like a bad guy; that doubt a good thing. The bad thing is that those charges only serves to undermine all the real charges of sexual assault and rape that go doubted all the time.

5 Responses

  1. He should have negotiated with the US government of which documents he should leak. Too many people are now exposed and could lose their lives.

    Also, I feel that private conversations ABOUT people should not have been leaked.

    I do believe that many of the documents should have been leaked, but it should have been more discerning.

    Just my two cents.

  2. I have to agree.

    As to the charges in Sweden, he could be tried and convicted of espionage here. There isn’t any need to make up charges in Sweden. He is probably guilty or there is enough evidence for them to want to go forward with a trial.

  3. When I see the US Government holding trials for admitted war criminals, (some of whom tortured toddler’s testicles), then I’ll consider using them as a source of moral guidance.

    Wiki is doing something wrong though. They ought to release everything they have and in the future just act as a conduit. None of this phony baloney about removing names, etc) You can’t make a moral argument that Wiki might be endangering “innocent” people by exposing the truth when you’re ALREADY guilty of overtly slaughtering hoards of innocent people looking for imaginary WMD’s (e.g. ad. nauseum)

    Enjoy.

  4. You can’t make a moral argument that Wiki might be endangering “innocent” people by exposing the truth when you’re ALREADY guilty of overtly slaughtering hoards of innocent people looking for imaginary WMD’s (e.g. ad. nauseum)

    You completely missed the point. People were talked about from other governments too, even the ‘enemies’. All of there people ALSO are exposed. Your rant does not address them at all.

  5. Yes tim, two wrongs make a right and the world would be a better place with Saddam Hussein still in power. Damn that Iraq invasion, nothing good has come of it at all.

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