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?