Wikileaks and Democracy: Good or Bad? I Say Good.

Julian Assange speaking at the steps of Saint Paul's Cathedral, 2011.
Julian Assange speaking at the steps of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, 2011.

Today, Wikileaks tweeted that Julian Assange’s internet link was severed by the “state party”. Rumors of Assange’s death circled around, and with it the rumor that the 64 character string of code was a dead man’s code that released all the documents in Wikileaks hands.

The debate over Wikileaks and it’s benefit and/or harm to democracy continues, and is heightened by these kinds of events.

I will now weigh in, and probably get some disagreement here. Having heard pundits of the news media declare (again) recently that the leaked information is bad for democracy has raised my disagree hackles. There is something far worse for democracy than the leaking of information about the potential dishonesty, criminal activity, hypocrisy, prejudice, and nepotism in high places in the US Government. That worse thing is having dishonesty, criminal activity, hypocrisy, prejudice, and nepotism in high places in the US Government.

Those dark, hidden agendas are where the very people we trust to lead democracy are violating it – and I want to know. For me, it is that simple. And, it informs my voting. What do you think?

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