The release of diplomatic cables from the WikiLeaks recently stirred up political tension all over. According to his CNA report, the defensive and indignant responses range ring from Latin America to Turkey and Russia.
This is no WWIII, but it does have certain implications we cannot ignore. Simon Jenkins from the Guardian writes that leaks have ‘altered the course of diplomatic reporting’ and serve as a caution to governments that they must be ‘robust’ and prepared to deal with any potential embarrassment arising from public knowledge of supposedly classified electronic correspondences. While the world governments are scrambling to contain this, what does it leave for us to think about?
Is such ‘investigative journalism’ really always for some greater ethical good or in the community’s best interests? WikiLeaks certainly seems to think so. But have these cables really gone too far?
What about digital information and communication technology? Should it be blamed for its lack of security or heralded as the tool that aided these recent revelations?