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Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?

The controversial WikiLeaks cable leaks have been condemned, particularly by those in power, for sabotaging diplomatic efforts and empowering terrorists with sensitive information. Defenders of the leaks downplay such concerns, which they believe are outweighed by the benefits of bringing transparency to government.

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Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?
Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?

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Experts In Politics


Mike Huckabee    Former Governor of Arkansas, Talk Show Host
Agree
Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.
30 Nov 2010    Source


Mitch McConnell    Senator, Republican
Agree
I think it's done enormous damage to our country and to our relationships with our allies around the world. ... While I strongly support government transparency, certain information must be kept classified in order to protect innocent American lives during this time of war and global terrorism.
06 Dec 2010    Source


Hillary Clinton    US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
Mostly Agree
Now, I am aware that some may mistakenly applaud those responsible, so I want to set the record straight: There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people, and there is nothing brave about sabotaging the peaceful relations between nations on which our common security depends.
30 Nov 2010    Source


Experts In Business


Amazon    Online Retailer
Agree
...it is not credible that the extraordinary volume of 250,000 classified documents that WikiLeaks is publishing could have been carefully redacted in such a way as to ensure that they weren’t putting innocent people in jeopardy. Human rights organizations have in fact written to WikiLeaks asking them to exercise caution and not release the names or identities of human rights defenders who might be persecuted by their governments.
03 Dec 2010    Source


Experts In Media


Bill O'Reilly    Conservative TV Host
Agree
The guy who runs the website is a sleazeball named Julian Assange, who is bent on damaging America.
30 Nov 2010    Source


Disagree
Experts In Politics


Ron Paul    U.S. Politician, Libertarian
Disagree
What we need is more WikiLeaks about the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine what it'd be like if we had every conversation in the last 10 years with our Federal Reserve people, the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the central bankers of the world and every agreement or quid-pro-quo they have? It would be massive. People would be so outraged.
03 Dec 2010    Source


Experts In Business


Julian Assange    Founder of WikiLeaks
Disagree
This organization practices civil obedience, that is, we are an organization that tries to make the world more civil and act against abusive organizations that are pushing it in the opposite direction.
30 Nov 2010    Source


Experts In Media


Evan Hansen    Journalist
Disagree
WikiLeaks stands to improve our democracy, not weaken it. ... On the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to roll back the secrecy apparatus that had been dramatically expanded under his predecessor, but his administration has largely abandoned those promises and instead doubled-down on secrecy.
06 Dec 2010    Source


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Experts In Politics


The Economist    Politics and Business Magazine
Agree
It's part of the nature of human communication that one doesn't always say the same thing to every audience. There are perfectly good reasons why you don't always tell the same story to your boss as you do to your spouse. ...simply grabbing as many diplomatic cables as you can get your hands on and making them public is not a socially worthy activity.
29 Nov 2010    Source


The Economist    Politics and Business Magazine
Disagree
WikiLeaks is able to improve the quality of our democracy. Of course, those jealously protective of the privileges of unaccountable state power will tell us that people will die if we can read their email, but so what? Different people, maybe more people, will die if we can't.
29 Nov 2010    Source



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0 Points      James      21 Apr 2011      Stance on Question: Neutral
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1 Point      blacktrance      10 Feb 2011      Stance on Question: Disagree
Government transparency is a good thing. As long as governments continue keeping unnecessary secrets, organizations like Wikileaks will be necessary.