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Don’t Leak on Us

December 1, 2010

Julian Assange, the 39-year-old former computer hacker turned whistle-blower said that his website WikiLeaks will expose global corporations next year. His next target will be a major American bank. “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms,” he told the Forbes magazine. To that I say BRAVO! I’ll be looking forward to it! This is an example of the good that WikiLeaks can do for society.

On the other hand, his latest leaks of classified U.S. military and diplomatic information is just leaking for leaking’s sake. Nothing good will come from that. Assange should go after corruption anywhere it exists but he should choose his targets more carefully. Apparently some hackers out there agree because they attacked WikiLeaks yesterday and took it down for several hours. There’s some poetic justice in that – the hacker got hacked.

Assange is an Australian national and owes no allegiance to the U.S. Maybe that’s why our government seems unable to prevent the embarrassing leaks of war records and State Department databases. There is no end to real corruption in America that needs to be exposed without compromising how we conduct our foreign affairs. It would serve Mr. Assange well in the future if he took the high road today by saying: “I have this information but I’m not going to publish it because doing so would not serve the greater good.”

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  1. December 8, 2010 10:34 PM

    why use talent for evil which is exactly what he did. pure crazy evil.

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