Monday, December 13, 2010

Wikileaks: Not Wiki, Not Leaks, Not Journalism

Here's an interesting article by Ezra Levant. I was quite surprised to find out that "WikiLeaks" doesn't work on the same free editing principle as the Wikipedia. Let alone - that the website has been turned into an opposite of its former self:
Take the word WikiLeaks itself. Wiki is a Hawaiian word that means quick. But its meaning on the Internet is different. A wiki is a website that allows many people to collaborate on something quickly - like Wikipedia, the encyclopedia anyone in the world can edit.

So it doesn't just mean quick. It means quick and democratic.

Which is the opposite of WikiLeaks.

Only Assange, the unelected boss of WikiLeaks, gets to decide what's published.

Wikileaks' original mandate was to expose repressive countries such as China, Russia and Iran. But Assange vetoed that. He's all about being anti-American.
In a related article, Craig Carter from The Politics of the Cross Resurrected blog, explains that in its present form, WikiLeaks has become a threat to our freedom of speech, rather than an outpost thereof.

Still, if someone should go to jail for what happened - that should be the guy who stole the classified information, rather than the guy who published it. After all, if it wasn't for the scumbags like that self-centered, egotistical, psychotic pervert (the poor guy was in "an awkward place" both "emotionally and psychologically", his precious feelings were hurt, boohoo!) - Assange & co wouldn't be in business.

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