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Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?

Julian Assange, via his organization WikiLeaks, recently released classified communications between the US State Department and its embassies throughout the world. Should he be considered a criminal who compromised the noble goals of a righteous country, or a hero who fights corruption and champions freedom and transparency?

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Experts In Law


Julia Gillard    Prime Minister, Australia
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I absolutely condemn the placement of this information on the WikiLeaks website. It's a grossly irresponsible thing to do and an illegal thing to do.
03 Dec 2010    Source


Experts In Politics


Mitch McConnell    Senator, Republican
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I think the man is a high-tech terrorist. He's done an enormous damage to our country, and I think he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if that becomes a problem, we need to change the law.
06 Dec 2010    Source

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Robert Gibbs    White House Press Secretary 2009-
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WikiLeaks and people that disseminate information to people like this are criminals.
29 Nov 2010    Source


Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
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Assange is not a "journalist," any more than the "editor" of al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a "journalist." He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?
30 Nov 2010    Source


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Experts In Law


John Howard    Australian Prime Minister 1996-2007
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To publish some cables containing commentary about political figures, while it's very uncomfortable for the diplomat involved ... and uncomfortable to the subject, you can't expect a journalist to hold back on something like that. I'm sure things had been said about me. It's embarrassing when it happens but ... you can't condemn the media for running this stuff. .. The bad people in this little exercise are the people who gave the information to him... They deserve to be chased and prosecuted.
08 Dec 2010    Source


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The Economist    Politics and Business Magazine
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My freedom-loving colleague is absolutely right to defend the institution of WikiLeaks, and in case my earlier post was unclear, let me re-emphasise that I think we're all better off having an institution where leakers can anonymously submit important information, have it verified and get it published if it checks out. I certainly don't think Julian Assange should be prosecuted for doing this.
30 Nov 2010    Source

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Ron Paul    U.S. Politician, Libertarian
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In a free society we're supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.
03 Dec 2010    Source

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Julian Assange    Founder of WikiLeaks
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It's very important to remember the law is not what, not simply what, powerful people would want others to believe it is. The law is not what a general says it is. The law is not what Hillary Clinton says it is.
30 Nov 2010    Source

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0 Points      dionisos      22 Aug 2016      Stance on Question: Disagree
No, states should strive to almost complete transparency, they are way too much corruptible without it.


0 Points      James      21 Apr 2011      Stance on Question: Neutral
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1 Point      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
Wikileaks increases government transparency. Hopefully, that will make government more responsible.


1 Point      Anonymous      11 Dec 2010      Stance on Question: Disagree
People have a right to know this information as human beings. If these governments step out of place they should be penalised for it. If they are arrogant enough to feel themselves exempt from living the same lives as the rest of us then they should be reminded of their positions, that they are not above us, that they are not special, that they are not exempt and that they do not live by a different set of rules. They, being animals as we all are, are exactly our equals. Nothing more, nothing less.

It's foolish then to brand something as 'illegal'. Welcome to the world, America - there is an entire planet outside your borders. Get used to it beause the rules you apply to parts of yourselves, and the pathetic notion of American exceptionalism, do not exist outside of your borders. The Internet is a worldwide thing and you do not control it. Nobody controls it. This is why it is not, and logically cannot be, illegal. Just because you do not like something it doesn't make it illegal. It just makes it the truth.

The truth simply reminds those in power not to step out of line.


0 Points      Benja      01 Dec 2010      General Comment
Clinton accuses Assange of espionage for revealing that she spies on the UN. Nice.