The debate about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — devil or disciple of the new age of unfiltered information — won’t end any time soon. And the possibility of future government resolve — and spending — to keep information from the public also seems infinite.

If I have learned anything from reading about the WikiLeaks saga, it’s that much of the $10 billion a year government spends on classifying “stuff” is wasted on sequestering “stuff” no one cares about or already knows.

Diplomatic cables reveal:

  • The prime minister of Italy is a pompous gasbag. Wow! Isn’t this the guy who, in front of the Italian media, asked if they would have him philander with young boys rather than the young girl with whom he philandered? Shocking cable.
  • Russia’s Vladimir Putin is an anti-democratic thug. Stop the presses. Oh, yeah, they already stopped. Uh, stop the Tweets.
  • Middle East leaders fear Iran’s nuclear capability. And did you hear Dewey really did not defeat Truman?

Meanwhile, outraged banking companies who control the credit card game are doing the “patriotic” thing and refusing to allow their card users to support the WilkiLeaks endeavor. Imagine, banks not allowing you to get ripped off by them.

I am more interested in them not mucking up the financial system that led to a multi-billion dollar bailout and not ripping off consumers with usurious rates and small print that requires using the Hubble Space Telescope to read.

Yes, the WikiLeaks story, much like stories in the past about folks revealing government’s world-ending secrets, amounts to much ado about nothing — except for one thing.

All governments best be on watch.

Revealing government secrets is an art form, citizen journalism in its purest form. And going forward, it will happen more often— and there will be less the “secret police” can do about it.

And in the U.S., the secret-keepers might consider the “intelligence” behind allowing an Army private the key to access the “stuff” castle.

Now that might be something to worry about, hey?

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You know, this whole WikilLeaks incident really makes us think hard about the role of IT security in business and government. In this case, it appears that just one person was able to violate organizational policies and leak such vast amounts of information. By the way, speaking of this, I came across a very thought provoking blog titled Identity, Security and Access Blog. It is apparently written by a Microsoft security expert, and it raises some very thought provoking points which get to the essence of the incident. It is definitely worth a read and I’d highly recommend it. By the way, just in case the link doesn’t work, you can find it over at http://www.identitysecurityandaccessblog.com. Anyway, let’s hope something like this doesn’t happen again.

 
 

The link given above is quite pertinent to the whole wikileaks issue and national security. It is actually very threatening to see how the people from your enterprise itself leak your confidential information. Well we can only raise our voice against the whole incident which is happening.

 
 

Hello: Thanks for the post and sharing the link on security. I recall a one-season TV series called "Dark Angel," in which kids — genetically altered by the government to create super agents — escaped to live in a world significantly altered by the "pulse," which destroyed the IT system worldwide. The more I read about the capability of the technology for good and bad endeavors, the more I am not surprised when reading blogs such as the one you offered. Thanks! Mac

 
 

Reporters Without Borders to host WikiLeaks mirror site. Read the story,

 
 

Thanks for the post. I thought this was an interesting op-ed piece. Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/opinion/23iht-edbremmer23.html?nl=toda... Mac

 
 

I disagree with responses of the new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News that shows 68 % of Americans polled think Julian Assange damaged U.S. diplomacy and that 59 % think he should be arrested. Had I been polled I would have responded just the opposite. I do find it interesting that one third of the respondents in the 18 to 29 year old age group said “the release of the U.S. diplomatic cables serves the public interest.” Younger respondents have lived with the Internet most of their lives and participate daily. They don’t have the fear that it is harmful. Read the full WashingtonPost.com article.

 
 

Thanks for the post and the link. The "revelations" keep coming, and as per earlier releases, they are of little consequence. I agree that the response from the younger demographic is encouraging. I think this column by Kathleen Parker also contains a lot of insight.Best-Mac

 
 

Mac, I am seriously disappointed that you find encouragement in the "younger demographic" opinion that publishing confidential diplomatic correspondence is a good thing. To me it shows a lack of an appreciation for any of the necessary functions of diplomacy. The results of Wikileaks has already damaged the exchange of information among agencies of our own government, much less overall diplomatic exchanges.

 
 

I agree with the author that the government's uproar over WikiLeaks is misplaced. I don't see that anything can or should be done to Mr. Assange unless it can be proven that he illegally obtained the documents. The U.S. government has a red face because it allowed someone low on the "food chain" to access what it considered "sensitive" information. And now the government is pressuring others to withdraw support of WikiLeaks because of that red face.

We're far beyond the days when information can be kept secret. Benjamin Franklin: "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." Words to remember in the Internet age.

 
 

The Franklin quote fits the bill. The issue of overclassification has been ignored for years. Maybe it will get some traction now. I shared this link with another poster, and I think it's worth reading:http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20101214/OPINION04/… Mac

 
 

So if someone can find a way to break into my home, then I obviously did not make it sufficiently secure and it is OK if they take whatever they want?

 
 

Mac, What is your opinion about diplomatic negotiations. Should every word said or written by every negotiator be public information?

Also, what does the "fact" about banks "mucking up the financial system that led to a multi-billion dollar bailout and not ripping off consumers with usurious rates and small print that requires using the Hubble Space Telescope to read" have to do with Wikileaks?

Just as a matter of information, I use a credit card that rebates a minimum of 1% to me on all of my purchases and 5% on the brand of gasoline that I like best. I can float a loan, so to speak, on every purchase for a minimum of 25 days. My only obligation is to pay my bill on time. I hardly call that being ripped off.

 
 

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