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Should a country/government give all its information to the citizens/public? If no, what information should the country not release?

This question is inspired by WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. I was wondering if you guys think there is some information about your country that the government can keep to itself. Or should you be granted access to all information regarding your country? This question is mainly about transparency and the government's right to have privacy from its citizens.

After some Googling, it seems this question is about open governments and how open they need to be for "effective public oversight" (thanks Wikipedia).


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  • Oct 2 2013: I think not all the information should be released, sometimes we just can't accept the truth.We give the government our votes, I think we should also give them sufficient trust that they will protect those information and make good use of them.
    • Oct 2 2013: I do not agree with you,because not all governments in the world are trustworthy especially those autocratic nations such as china,North Korea,Iran and so forth.For example in china,many people still do not know the truth of the Tian An men square event happened in 1989,which many students were killed by the government.People have right to know all the information.
      • Oct 3 2013: well, I am a Chinese, and I know this(by googling when I visited America),and I am impressive that the government can hide such a horrible event from us(essentially no one in my age knows that), and it turns out, China government is really good of hiding truth

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