There has been a lot of talk about the actions of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. The U.S constitution gives every citizen the freedom of speech, and this freedom was adequately used to expose the inside stories of the government. The whistle blowers who exposed the secrets of the government may have thought they scored huge, but made a grave mistake by exposing the lives of innocent Americans to dangerous individuals, and to be specific the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who are in harm’s way, for the sake of this country.
However, considering that every government has its internal workings and sometimes dirty deals, the decision to expose the government’s dirty linen was a grave mistake. I believe the action taken by Julian Assange was not in good faith, and probably he hoped to gain from it. I argue from a personal point of view, owing to the fact that every individual has some darkness and secrets that he/she would not want to be exposed to the public. The same applies to organizations and institutions, and the Government is not any different.
I however, do agree that, the government is charged with the responsibility to exercise transparency, and report to the American people every deal, move or decision it makes that affects its people. In fact the constitution mandates the government to do so. I applaud the Obama administration in his attempt to do just that, as well as President Bush and other former presidents. But the reality is that you cannot give every piece of information for the mere reason that, not all will agree with your decisions. This fact appears to be completely absent in Julian Assange’s mind and the Wikileaks as a whole. Too many cooks spoil the broth, as the saying goes. On the other hand, an attempt to please the majority is like shooting yourself on the leg.
Evidently, Washington is having a difficult time agreeing to work together, due to personal as well as partisan interests. These deeply rooted interests are the main cause of the stagnating economy and skyrocketing joblessness in the country, and the Obama administration has to get behind doors and formulate a way forward. We may not like the decisions they make or the manner in which they make those decision, but it’s better than doing nothing. Julian Assange is a perfect example who people whose desire is to bring down governments without considering the consequences or the aftermaths.
If exposure of these secrets was quite necessary, then the use of internet as a means, was a grave mistake, and I support the move by the congress to pass legislation that will empower employees, in the most sensitive jobs a way to report corruption, waste or mismanagement, without turning to outside organizations like Wikileaks. This legislation, which is to be signed into law by President Obama, is expected to protect whistle blowers from being fired or demoted for exposing the corruption, or waste carried out by the government.
In conclusion, Julian Assange should be considered dangerous and be held accountable, should innocent troops be harmed or killed out his actions. Maybe he should work for a celebrity gossip channel, for that is their specialty, and avoid political hotspots.