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I’m not sure whether this is a policy issue, but it seems to me it might be. Wikileaks is back in the news again http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16211977 Many of us applauded the publication of the documents – a bold step towards freedom and the citizen’s right to information. There were even leaked cables about little Saint Lucia where I live. To my knowledge – and please correct me if I’m wrong – no evidence has been presented that these leaks harmed anyone, although there have been vague suggestions that this may have happened.

The progress of Julian Assange in London has received a good deal of publicity. Now a hearing is taking place in a military court in the United States to consider the charges against Bradley Manning and how his trial should be handled. ‘We’ are remarkably silent. No rush from Avaaz and Access to get the world to sign petitions in support of the man who provided the information. Did we like the ends but feel uncomfortable about the means? Are we washing our hands?

I wonder ….

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Comment by Deirdre Williams on December 16, 2011 at 6:53pm
And as a postscript - this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16210862 by Mark Mardell has, near its conclusion, this paragraph:
'But it will be interesting if they put the main point of his many supporters - that what Manning did transcends legal rules and national interests, that information wants to be free, and that truth is more important than government's desire to keep something secret.'
Which I think places the whole discussion very firmly in the 'Information Policy' arena.

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