.A bit of backstory for those who haven't heard of this. Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, an internet site primarily devoted to publishing classified political documents in the interest of free speech and providing the public information about the governments they are paying for as taxpayers. The US is a big target of such leaks; obviously a lot of people in the US are also willing to leak such documents. Some of the documents they publish are old (dating back to the Vietnam War), but others document recent political negotiations and events around the current US wars (Iraq and Afghanistan). This website is well-known for publishing sensitive information, and most recently it has started to publish a bucketload of new documents. This has led to global outrage amongst various governments. Assange is now in hiding somewhere in the UK, although he often changes location. My understanding is that there are a couple of governments who would like to detain him for questioning. Sweden is one of these countries, they want to have a chat with him about sexual assault allegations (which complicates the whole freedom of speech thread to this story).
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Part of me really kind of likes what this guy is doing- here is a person who is willing to put his reputation and life on the line to provide the global public information about decisions that are being taken on their behalf at the highest levels of government. And I am a big fan of knowing exactly what is being done in my name by my elected representatives and my national government.
On the other hand, I have serious concerns that the published documents have the potential to put some people in danger. Whether or not those people did the right thing by their respective countries by negotiating with the US, some people who have been named may be at risk
Anyone else following this story? Thoughts on Wikileaks?