Wikileaks threatens us, too
December 10, 2010
On Mercatornet, Michael Cook points out that the Wikileaks phenomenon raises questions about privacy that go beyond the government's need for secrecy. Cook finds it troubling that journalists are willing to print secret cables without considering the implications:
Has it occurred to no one at the New York Times that if Julian Assange can publish government documents stamped “secret”, “confidential” and “Not for foreign eyes” with impunity, why can’t he publish X-ray images of naked airport travellers? Or the tax returns of all of the Times journalists? Or their daughters’ hidden Facebook pages? Or viewers of hard-core pornography on websites run by the Russian mafia?