Tag Archives: Wikileaks

Withdrawing payments services from wikileaks is wrong

the establishment is acting illegally to stop wikileaks
the establishment is acting illegally to stop wikileaks

So first Paypal and Mastercard and now Bank of America are refusing to handle payments for Wikileaks. This is outrageous. In the 21st century electronic payments are as critical to individuals and business as electricity and water supplies. The idea that the payments companies have the right to pick and choose who they provide these services to is wrong.

Electronic payment services should be provided to everyone. The only exception should be where an individual or company is prosecuted and convicted of some crime. Whether or not the release of information by wikileaks is right or wrong, as yet, wikileaks have not even been endeited of a crime let alone convicted. We are seeing the establishment illegally commandeering the mechanisms of our society to attack it’s critics.

I do not agree with the recent mass release of confidential information by Wikileaks because of it’s scatter gun approach. There is a legitimate benefit in diplomatic communication remaining confidential unless specific laws are broken.

However wikileaks provide a valuable service and if it’s actions are to be limited then this should be according to due process and the rule of law and not by politicians and business conniving extra-judicially to bring wikileaks down.

We should support wikileaks.

Wikileaks undermines the case for transparency

Berlusconi corrupt? With his reputation?
Berlusconi corrupt? With his reputation?

So, Wikileaks has been in the news this week. The media would have us believe that Wikileaks are releasing thousands of massive secrets which will undermine security for the whole world. However, the drivel that has dribbled out so far is hardly Earth shattering. Russia is corrupt, Angela Merkel is risk averse, Berlusconi is on the take. Yawn yawn yawn. We know all this. The yanks think that Cameron is a lightweight. Ho hum.

What the media seem not to be taking into account is that these are just a lot of internal memos. U.S. Policy is not that Merkel is cautious and Berlusconi corrupt. These are just opinions expressed by diplomats and the opinions are very diplomatic. Prior to the details emerging the media would have had us believe that we were in for a deluge of state secrets. If the leaks show anything they show that the Americans are fairly straight and fairly astute in their judgement.

Normally I am in favour of complete transparency. Publish everything. Certainly the United Kingdom keeps too much information secret and the recent MPs expenses scandal shows that secrecy feeds corruption.

However, the information currently being leaked by Wikileaks is nothing specific. It is just a lot of emails. If the Emails released shed light on some government fraud or illegal activity then there would be some point in releasing it but just embarrassing diplomats because they expressed opinions that were critical provides no benefit to anyone and damages the cause of transparency and freedom of information.

Having said that, it seems odd that just as Wikileaks really hits the news the Swedish government issue an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for alleged “sex crimes”. Probably the real story is that the Swedish government, whether unwittingly or not, are colluding in a stitch up