Monday, December 6, 2010

Senators unveil anti-WikiLeaks bill - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Senators unveil anti-WikiLeaks bill - The Hill's Hillicon Valley


In the age of the internet our ability to print, say, and post is being tested with the dumping of classified documents by Wikileaks. While I do not think we should treat the data dump lightly but we are allowing our Government to enforce upon us something we may regret in the future. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the ability to pursue life without tyranny are at stake here. The article talks about the move by Amazon.com to remove Wikileaks from it's server was not due to Government pressure; really we are suppose to believe that?

From all the reports I have, including international press clippings, Assange has scrubbed the data of any active personnel information outside of naming dignitaries. And I think that is what really has the ruling class upset. Has Assange gone to far? Are we focusing our efforts in the wrong place? I mean, shouldn't the United States re-look at its own data sharing sources. If I recall correctly, a relatively low-level official leaked these documents to Assange. Or is Assange no different than a Russian Cold War operative?