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Thank You WikiLeaks

Posted by Bob Zenith on November 29, 2010

Many of you have already heard of the situation going on with WikiLeaks this week. To summarize: somehow, someway, WikiLeaks got a hold of confidential government documents and published them online.

Disregard whether what WikiLeaks is doing is ethical or not for a moment. Whether or not you agree or disagree with it, WikiLeaks has recently leaked thousands of documents, mostly from the U.S. government. My question is, how did they do it?

Does no one find it odd, even a little bit scary that somehow a website with limited resources has been able to get a hold of and publish confidential documents? Although it is not known how WikiLeaks has been able to get a hold of the documents (who their source is), it still begs the question, what kind of data protection is the U.S. government using? Obviously, their current protection is inadequate, to say the least.

Luckily, due to this situation, the U.S. government is now reviewing their security parameters and, hopefully, increase them substantially so that these types of documents don’t get into the wrong hands.

Okay, now a bit into the politics of this issue.

The Obama administration argues against what WikiLeaks is doing because:

the disclosures could endanger lives, damage trust among U.S. allies, impinge on anti-proliferation efforts and undermine U.S. military and counterterrorism efforts.

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40422504/ns/us_news-security/

Okay, a couple of things about this. One, if you are doing something that could potentially damage trust among allies of the United States, why are you doing it in the first place? If no one knows about it, does that make it okay? Of course not.

Secondly, if these documents are really such a big deal (“endanger lives”, “undermine U.S. military and counterterrorism efforts”), then why were WikiLeaks able to get access to them in the first place? Someone, somehow, was able to access these confidential documents, which shows how poor the government’s security measures are. They need to overhaul their security measures to make sure this never happens again.

Well, whether you agree with what WikiLeaks is doing or not, you have to thank them for essentially forcing the government to take a serious look at their outdated security measures.

Do you agree with what WikiLeaks is doing? Do you agree we should thank them? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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