Changed world: Wikileaks cables

THE founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been taking shelter in the embassy of Ecuador in London since last summer, fearing arrest and eventual extradition to the United States. The man who leaked the classified US diplomatic cables, Bradley Manning, pleaded guilty to the charge in February in the hope of escaping the more serious allegation of “aiding the enemy”. WikiLeaks, however, is continuing to play a valuable part in bringing to light information that the US apparently wanted hidden from the public eye. In a move that will prove invaluable no doubt to researchers, on Monday it launched the ‘Public Library of US Diplomacy’, a searchable archive containing 1.7 million US State Department documents from 1973 to 1976, known as the ‘Kissinger Cables’. The archive includes the 250,000 cables leaked by WikiLeaks in 2010. The latest cables had been declassified but could be accessed only through the US National Archives in a non-searchable PDF format. With all this information now available at the click of a mouse, light is bound to be shed on parts of history that have so far been kept under wraps.

The charges against Mr Assange have yet to be proved or disproved, but what’s certain is that the US is unhappy with the leaks. However, the US administration and indeed all other governments around the world need to understand that in the digital age the old tricks of doing business — dabbling in shady manoeuvres and then keeping mum about it — is increasingly unviable. With methods of mass dissemination easily available, and the ability to remain anonymous, there will always be whistleblowers. If just for this reason, governments need to keep their hands clean and records pristine. Since governments are accountable to their people, they need to operate with greater transparency and fairness.

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Comments (5) Closed

Apr 10, 2013 06:20am
Democracy is a scandal. That's what Wiki leaks have shown. The argument that Democracy is best of the worst options available is a lie. A lie that shuns debate, that obstruct creativity and limit solution. Muslim World as a result increasingly looking at Sharia/Khilafat as an alternative
Dr Khan
Apr 10, 2013 02:45pm
Welcome to Dawn forum Mr Zaid Hamid.
Apr 11, 2013 12:37am
Like that wasn't tried before! If you can't have one single country ruled effectively, who will come from where to rule half the world effectively.
Apr 11, 2013 01:10am
So true they are doing every wrong in the disguise of democracy
Sue Sturgess
Apr 11, 2013 02:03am
Every form of government has its share of scandals