WikiLeaks: Risk or Right?

by Melissa Brunner

The website WikiLeaks is at it again, creating controversy by releasing previously classified documents. Sunday, it was cables exchanged among U.S. diplomats. Previous disclosures included information on the U.S. Guantanamo Bay military detention facility and operations in Afghanistan. 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed the release, saying the information was "stolen" and put lives at risk. President Barak Obama ordered an investigation into who is responsible for helping WikiLeaks obtain the documents. But others say the public has a right to know how federal officials are operating. After all, it is our tax dollars funding these operations.

Below is a link to a Yahoo! posting on some of the revelations included in the latest posting. In a nutshell, it's a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how diplomats operate and, in some instances, offers less-than-flattering assessments of some world leaders. It also showcases the international concern that is mounting over Iran. Here it is: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20101129/ts_yblog_thelookout/top-ten-revelations-from-wikileaks-cables

In the bigger picture, the WikiLeaks situation is part of the debate over how transparent government should be. What do you think? Is WikiLeaks presenting a clear and present danger? Do some government operations need to be kept shielded from public light? Or does the public have a right to know all?

 

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