Wikileaks Ethics

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Wikileaks 2006 saw the formation of what would soon become a world player in journalism. Julian Assange created Wikileaks as a whistle-blower's resource, a place where those with something important to share could do so without retribution and with full anonymity. Information dumps from the United States government, corporations, and even private groups and individuals drew mixed results and painted a strange picture of this organization. Its proponents tout it as returning to journalism's roots, a second Pentagon Papers. Its opponents cite damaged international relations and mass invasions of privacy as grounds to declare this organization anathema. This paper will explore the impact that Mr. Assange has had on the last decade of…show more content…
Security of all personnel in-theater was threatened when Wikileaks elected to reveal such things as security measures for bases and contacts in the local communities. The release of this information brought about a change, to be sure, but it was not the change that the whistle-blowers were expecting. It hindered our efforts in the war as new methods to combat our information gathering abilities and reinvent communications methods that the US military was not readily equipped to handle sprung up in the area. Entire security regimens had to be changed immediately as soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, along with countless DoD civilians, now faced imminent threat from any number of exploitation. These leaks are excellent examples of secrets that are truly deserving to be kept. Not everyone has a right to know everything, no matter what they think. Lives being put in danger to assure oneself of their self-proclaimed inherent rights is a full breach of ethical behavior. In the words of former embassy worker Steve, “If people are afraid to talk to me, and if I'm afraid to. . . be honest in my assessment of the information I send back to Washington, it effectively blinds
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