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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 3 2013: Government is of the people and by the people. The power comes from the people, and the people are stupid to allow them any secrecy at all. Secrecy is corruption.
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      Oct 4 2013: Re: "Government is of the people and by the people. The power comes from the people, "

      Don't you think, it's an illusion? One might think that people vote in their best interest. In practice, media can easily shape public opinion and steer public emotions one way or the other. People think they make choices, but these choices seem to be guided. And, by the way, they are guided by simply providing information to people.

      Do I need to know more about the government? I don't know. E.g. when someone tells me that politician such and such is corrupt, I immediately have a question, why am I given this information? Is it true or is it fabricated or cherry-picked by someone who wants to steer my opinion and get my vote?

      Perhaps, people are stupid to have a government. Or, may be, this is why they need one? In so called "democratic countries", people take pride that they elect their own government and then they complain about this government they elected themselves. How smart is that?

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