WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks
Barry Nirmal

barry_nirmal_largeBut starting 29 November, 2010, selected new media e.g. the Guardian and the New York Times released the contents of the selected cables passed to them by Wikileaks, after editing them and removing the names of people e.g. informers and the staff. This editing called redacting was done so as not to expose people whose lives could be in danger.

However these cables showed undiplomatic face of US diplomacy and it did not please the U.S. The U.S. government took action to hurt Wikileaks. Wikileaks.org was subjected to “denial of service” attacks. A few days later the U.S. company that hosted wikileaks.org canceled this domain name. Then Wikileaks started using Amazon servers. However very soon Amazon also cancelled their service after a powerful U.S. politician contacted Amazon. Wikileaks started using wikileaks.ch hosted by a company in Switzerland. However, they have continued to spread their messages via their account on Twitter and Facebook, that are named twitter.com/wikileaks and facebook.com/wikileaks.

Sweden is trying to extradite Julian Assange from the U.K. for answering question regarding a rape case in which Assange is accused.  Fearing for his life, Assange has started to release more documents and has threatened to release more. He says that he has already released an encrypted file that has highly damaging information and if he is arrested, he will release the password for this file so that hundreds of thousands of people who have already downloaded this file can read it.

He is hoping that these threats will stop the U.S. and its allies from prosecuting him. On December 5, 2010, Wikileaks released a list of installations all over the world that are considered vital to U.S. national security. This list will surely aid the enemies of the U.S. in choosing targets to attack.

It seems that Julian Assange wants to attack the U.S. and thus become popular all over the world. It has been reported that Wikileaks has already become much more popular than Wikipedia. It appears that Wikileaks wants to become a center of power, a journalistic and media outlet to be reckoned with. Assange may also want to become a martyr so as to live in the history books for ever.

But the truth of the matter is that the cables that he has released are private properties of the U.S. government. Every organization, whether commercial, political or government tries to protect its internal communication and Wikileaks has broken the law by encouraging others to steal this private property and by releasing this information.

In fact by releasing a list of installations considered by the U.S. government to be vital to US national security, Wikileaks is engaging in information terrorism or information war against the US government. No amount of logic can justify the actions of Wikileaks and it is clear that their actions may have informed the world public but they are also aimed at weakening the U.S. power and thus aiding the enemies of the U.S.

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