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Two people at the heart of the most earth-shattering leaks of stolen data in the past few years are at odds about how those troves of documents should be handled in public.
"You'd have to be a sociopath to think that we ought to just take all of this material and dump it all on the internet without regard to the impact that it will have for innocent people," says Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first reported on the massive document leak provided to him by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The documents revealed the American government was listening in on its own citizens, in contravention of its laws.
So… was Snowden ethical and Assange a sociopath (with no conscience) in his Wikileaks email dumps?
originally posted by: Picklesneeze
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
"a negative impact on the guilty"
I think that is the true fear of the op.
originally posted by: Noncents
a reply to: masqua
WL is exposing unchecked corruption, great. Both are issues that need exposing. It's for the greater good. And I agree with LesMisanthrope. So far I haven't seen anybody truly innocent affected yet.
WikiLeaks has exposed the personal data on hundreds of ordinary citizens, including rape victims, sick children, and the mentally ill, according to a report published today by the Associated Press.
A trove of diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry, first published last year, includes at least 124 medical files, according to the AP, including those belonging to mentally ill patients, children, and refugees. Transparency activist Paul Dietrich tells the AP that he uncovered more than 500 passports, employment files, and academic records after conducting a partial scan of the Saudi cables.
The organization also named teenage rape victims in two different cases, and published the name of a Saudi citizen who had been arrested for being gay — an offense punishable by death under Saudi law. Other files on Saudi marriages, divorces, and custody battles contained information on people who married women with sexually transmitted diseases, personal debt histories, and other sensitive data.