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Where do we stand on on WikiLeaks?

To what extent should we support or oppose WikiLeaks?
Are there limits to what should be exposed to the public by investigators? And who should decide these limits?
When corruption is exposed through leaks how far up or down the ladder should we assign responsibility?
How should bias in reporting leaks be balanced?
If these leaks are produced for corrupt purposes how do we deal with it?
How can we present and prosecute exposed corruption in the public theater without it turning into a witch-hunt?

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Closing Statement from Daniel Sheehan

A great deal of this conversation has been on whether our governments have a right to keep secrets from us. Many have pointed out corruptions that the secrets have protected, others site our loss of privacy at the hands of our governments.
Also many insist that transparency is protection from the abuses of authority by the people that we place our most sensitive information with, but few agree that "total transparency" can be achieved or as an over all goal is appropriate.
But it is clear that we believe that whistle blowers should be protected from retaliation.

I believe that we have an increasing problem with the "Free Press" which has become more of a commercialized or biased press that is more concerned with profits or has fallen to the hands of specialized interests, and is enthralled by the depthless mirrored image of spectacle. What had once been an instrument of information now serves mainly to incite and titillate the masses.

It's my opinion that WikiLeaks, and sites like it that supply an outlet for whistle blowers, should have our support as members of the Fourth Estate.

A grateful thank you to everyone that has participated in this discussion.

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    Oct 18 2012: I would neither support or oppose WikiLeaks, or other movements like WikiLeaks. Becasue I personally believe that such organisations must be either supported or opposed wholehearted. Either you support these unconventional methods or totally oppose them.

    The limits are impossible to decide. In these days when most information is digitalized there will always be people searching for it. Searching for "secret" information, with unconventional methods, automatically means that you will find information you did not expect to find or inteded to find in the first place. Even though you did not intend to find this information you publish it.

    If you do not want to take such (extreme) position, the most appropriate way to relate to it is being passively neutral. If you act neutral you can benefit from WikiLeaks but at the same time experience several drawbacks of it.

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