Sunday, December 12, 2010

Information "revealed without injury to the public interest.”

WikiLeaks Spurs Defensive Nationalism

WikiLeaks Headquarters — Cold War Bunker in Sweden, Supporters in UK, Servers inside the Bunker, Inside the Bunker and Inside Bunker 2 {for bigger view click photo}

"This legislation springs from one of our most successful principles. Democracy works best when people have access to all information that the security of the nation permits. No one should be able to pull curtains of secrecy around decisions which can be revealed without injury to the public interest.”
— Lyndon B Johnson, on the Freedom of Information Act of 1966

12 December 2010 - On November 28, 2010, WikiLeaks began releasing the first of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, mostly unclassified but including many labeled ‘Confidential’ or ‘Secret’. These leaked documents have been appropriated and deployed by many governments, individuals, and interest groups in many different ways. WikiLeaks creator Julian Paul Assange has both received accolades like ‘defender of freedom,’ and suffered accusations ranging from ‘traitor’ to ‘psychopath.’ Who he is and what the leaks signify are interpreted in wildly different ways, depending on one’s perspective.
If we cannot get you for disclosing state secrets, we will get you for something else — that’s the attitude of many of the world’s governments towards Assange, an Australian citizen who was arrested on a Swedish warrant in London on December 6. Assange was not charged with rape or sexual assault, as reported by many media sources. He’s wanted for an ‘interview’ related to allegations of ‘sex by surprise,’ a crime on the books in Sweden that amounts to consensual sex in which a condom unexpectedly breaks, and the man continues against a woman’s wishes. {continued}

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