posted on Dec, 12 2010 @ 07:12 PM
Ever since Wikileaks first came onto the public scene, there has been a lot of questions about its nature and what all it was suppose to be doing. On
one hand, it is revealing some of the things that the public needs to know, be it from what really is going on in the 2 armed conflicts that the US is
involved in. That in itself is something that we the people, citizens of the US, have an interest in and should know about. But there are other
questions, that require some thought that should be answered, and will probably be asked in the process of the entire trial that will come out.
The reason for releasing the information, as much as it is doing good, as far as what all is going on in the war, what exactly was the purpose of
relaxing the diplomatic cables sent out by the US Government? Was it to show the inconsistencies that the US Federal Government was doing, or was it
done for malicious intent? And the other governments that are mentioned? How are they affected by the release of this information, is it going to
benefit them, or is it going to strain the alliances that the US has with those countries, to the point of where the US is going to be isolated? And
to what extent will this information be used, and by whom?
While the stuff on the current conflicts are of the public interest, that should not be prosecuted about, however, the diplomatic cables, that in
itself should be cause for pause and alarm for 2 reasons. The first is that every government of a country has secrets, skeletons and things that it
does not want its citizens or the rest of the world to know about. Such information can be very damaging and cause the strain of relations and damage
that country, to the point of isolating it, turning it into a rogue nation, or causing it to take a sharp down turn economically. The other reason,
ideas are often discussed in the heat of the moment, the context of anger comes to mind, or even that of fear. Many times, people do not want to do
or see what they may bring to the table come to pass, but something a lot less, and when cooler heads prevail, they will often discredit those very
ideas. To print those, is equally damming to the country that it revolves around.
While he may not be guilty for the information, the question must be asked, where did he get the information from and who provided such to him. Most
of this stuff, is classified, and would be kept under either a secure computer or under lock and key, so where did it come from and why is the US not
actively perusing those that provided that information in the first place? In the Pentagon papers, the USSC made that very clear, as the government
could not go after a media outlet, as it tried, but would have to instead find the original source who provided such to the media outlet, and there in
lies the problem and question. Right now there 1 one US private sitting in a prison to be tried, and then spend some time behind bars for providing
the initial set of information to Wikileaks. Where are the rest, as the story that is provided does not even begin provide the entire picture. The
other question that should be looked at, is what exactly is in the Insurance file, does it exist and what all will the release of said information do
to the stability of the different countries and those involved?
Now the reason why the US government is going to attempt to try the founder of Wikileaks under the Espionage Act, simply is that is the only US law on
the books they can get him with. But there is a slight flaw to what they are trying to do, and that is the founder of Wikileaks is not a citizen of
the United States, rather he is a citizen of Austraila. Much that is in the actual act only applies to persons in the US, or is a US citizen, and not
to those who are foriegn countries. So this should be interesting to see how this plays out in the US courts, and the arguments that will be used.
That is providing that the US can convience the British and Swedish governments that they have a greater claim and get him extradited to the US for