Discretion: avoiding offense and protecting privacy. Discretion, or rather lack of it, is at the heart of the Wikileaks free-for-all. And, against what one might expect, it's not the discretion of Julian Assange that's in question. (In fact, the whole Assange to-do is more of a sideshow than anything else: if it hadn't been he, it would have been someone else.)
This topic isn't getting anough attention, at least in my mind. By far, Glenn Greenwald details all that is wrong on this subject. I've included links below to some of his writings, including a before and after look at public statements made by Obama on the very topic of secrecy. It's more than just disturbing. Nothing is changing.
How do you get this cart back on to the correct track?
Promoted. Originally posted 2009-02-08 04:08:51 -0500. -- GH
Wikileaks just notified people that they are releasing over $1 billion dollars' worth of reports gathered by the Congressional Research Services (CRS). These reports are provided to members of the US Congress and are legally in the public domain. However, they are only released to the public with the permission of Congress in a complex system of permissions and protocols and ass-covering politicians. Needless to say, attempts to free this information from the 'red tape' that keeps it from actually being released to the public have been met with resistance.Well, leave it to Wikileaks to strike a blow for transparency.