Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WikiLeaks, tell us something we don't know!

Based on his charge sheet Bradley E. Manning has contravened many US Army regulations and his trial scheduled for May 2011 will determine whether he will be court-martialed. Clearly Manning should have kept information about his release of documents to WikiLeaks a secret, rather than telling former hacker Adrian Lamo of his actions, which Lamo later reported to US government authorities. The lesson to be learnt here, is, if you're going to be a whistle-blower then you'd better keep your own counsel.
If much of the information WikiLeaks has recently released is based on information provided by Manning then WikiLeaks is bigger than its founder Julian Assange and comprises a community of unseen, anonymous people. My problem, which I think I've said before, is that so much information has been released and I wonder what it all really means to members of the public who don't have a historical over-view of events and who probably only have time to read fragments that can be misunderstood without the correct context.
So far we've been informed by WikiLeaks that the American armed forces behave in a less than appropriate manner, that hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been killed in war, that governments and people are corrupt, that government money is misspent, that people coerce and corrupt others, that human life means little, governments, businesses and other organizations conspire to use people and power for their own ends, that they talk about each other behind their backs and describe each other in derogatory terms. 
So WikiLeaks, when are you going to tell us something we don't know?! I'd be much more interested in this notion of  'whistle-blowing'  if it actually achieved something - other than just freedom of the press, glorification of social media, internet communication and certain personalities. What's the point of all this information and revelation if it doesn't translate into positive action? When WikiLeaks as a movement, equals community action, which assists in improving the lives of others,  then I'll be the first to join. For the moment we will have to be content with the WikiLeaks movement being mostly about the main players, rather than vital information!


  1. On Four Corners on Monday (ABC tv) Assange was asked if he was a revolutionary, he replied in a manner that confirmed his desire for a revolution. Many of us know about the unjust corrupt system and what to change it. I often say as you do 'where do I sign up?' Community action needs leadership and a catalyst, maybe Assange has a catalyst role.