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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Journalism Debauchery

Why is the government so adamant about sharing information when they claim to have a transparent foreign policy?

Wikileaks Good or Bad?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at
10:28 am  

There’s a lot of buzz regarding the recent leak of so called classified information. Is this the new wave of journalism getting butchered by our government? Washington claims to have a transparent policy, but when people make their policies even more transparent than they do, they get pissed!

Here is a snippet from the NY Daily News:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains in damage control mode days after a massive document dump by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks revealed embarrassing memos from U.S. diplomats to their foreign counterparts.

Clinton told reporters Wednesday during a global security summit in Kazakhstan that the documents won’t hurt America’s international relations.

“I have not any had any concerns expressed about whether any nation will not continue to work with and discuss matters of importance to us both going forward,” Clinton said.

On Monday, Clinton called the leaks “not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community.”

Among the more than 250,000 diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks are memos under Clinton’s name suggesting America’s top diplomat asked subordinates to spy on their foreign counterparts, Agence France-Presse reported.

In one instance, a memo signed by Clinton wanted U.S. diplomats to get “biographic and biometric information” on top North Korean diplomats at the United Nations in New York.

The cables have WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calling for Clinton to quit.

“She should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up,” Assange told Time magazine Tuesday via Skype.

The White House on Wednesday shot back, saying Clinton did nothing wrong.

Assange’s statements are “both ridiculous and absurd,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gates told NBC‘s “Today” show.

Clinton spokesman Phillip Crowley also dismissed Assange’s claim, referring to the Australian former web hacker as an “anarchist.”

“His actions seem to substantiate that.”

With News Wire Services

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