I believe that there is a need of transparency from a respected government from a respected country. The need to know what our government is up to that would affect our lives, the need to know what threats are upon us, and the need to know if our government is doing their job. Wikileaks does just that, created by Julian Paul Assange.
Assange’s mission was to expose injustice especially “highly oppressive regimes in China, Russia and Central Euresia” to expose secrets of government that conceals reality (Khatchadouran 2010). Information should not be kept from the public, and that the public has the rights to know. But would a country’s defence get potential threat of terrorism from the information available on the site? And is the creation of this site an act of terrorism itself?
This video might be lengthy, but it sure is worth watching.
[URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_assange_why_the_world_needs_wikileaks.html ]
Why are the government afraid of this leaks? Traditional media these days, at least in some countries, are under the influence of the government themselves. WikiLeaks actually allows us to think critically, not having a narrow mind, and allowing us to open our eyes to what is really going on. The motive of the site serves as a platform for people around the world to know the truth that the traditional media cannot tell us. From the video, Assange mentioned that those information that people are working on to conceal, are the information that are worth knowing, and might make a change for the better for the society.
I personally think that WikiLeaks is one of the best thing that happened on the Internet today. No secrets hidden from the public so that the society would see the raw truth of their leaders actions. I believe that this would create an awareness globally, and the people would have the freedom to differentiate right and wrong.
Khatchadouran, R 2010, “No Secrets: Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency”, The New Yorker, accessed 23/10/2012, http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=all
TEDGlobal 2010, Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks, accessed 23/10/2012, http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_assange_why_the_world_needs_wikileaks.html