I have my own thoughts on WikiLeaks and these document drops, but I don’t mind a meaningful discussion on the impact of the disclosure of highly sensitive information. Meredith Bragg and Michael C. Moynihan from Reason TV had a sit down with four experts, Aaron David Miller, a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Eli Lake, National Security Correspondent at the Washington Times, Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, and Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network, to discuss both the positive and negative repercussions of the leaking of the state secrets. I felt the video was something my modest readership should watch.
There is something to be said about giving the public transparency on the issue of corruption, but even in the case of Watergate scandal, there wasn’t enough there to justify the leaking of such sensitive information. For the most part, WikiLeaks is more about entertainment than actually accomplishing a meaningful goal. Julian Assange appears to be, as pointed out in the video, an anti-American anarchist, but it is more than that. He appears far more concerned about his own self-promotion than he could be with this misguided campaign, let alone the consequences of it.
In any event, it is by far one of the better breakdowns of WikiLeaks I have come across since this whole fiasco began. Such groups are far too polarizing for either their supporters or detractors to examine fairly, but Reason TV did a very good job by bringing in these experts to do so.