WikiLeaks

After  reading  this  week’s  reading,  I  just  found  out  how  brilliant  Julian  Assange  is.  He  is  the  founder  of  WikiLeaks.  What  is  WikiLeaks?  What  is  it  about?

WikiLeaks  is  where  you  can  know  all  the  information  that  the  government  has  been  keeping  from  the  public.  Confidential,  secrets  and  sometimes  the  truth  on  what  actually  happen  and  wasn’t  reported  on  the  news  truthfully.

Traditional  media  nowadays  are  mostly  controlled  by  the  government  and  therefore  certain  cable  news  and  newspaper  companies  most  of  the  time  published  what  the  government  wants  and  not  what  the  public  needs  to  know.  Some  people  may  want  to  know  the  truth  but  aren’t  brave  enough  to  do  so.  But  not  Julian  Assange.  He  is  considered  a  daredevil  for  being  able  to  do  such  things  like  going  all  out  on  revealing  what  the  government  had  been  keeping  from  the  public.

“WikiLeaks is not quite an organization; it is better described as a media insurgency. It has no paid staff, no copiers, no desks, no office. Assange does not even have a home. He travels from country to country, staying with supporters, or friends of friends—as he once put it to me, “I’m living in airports these days.” He is the operation’s prime mover, and it is fair to say that WikiLeaks exists wherever he does.” –  Raffi  Katchadourian

The  statement  above  shows  how  much  he  willing  to  go  on  revealing  the  truth.  He  is  always  on  the  go.  He  wants  the  public  to  open  up  their  eyes  and  of  course  think  critically.  He  wants  both  side  to  be  heard  and  at  the  same  time  to  give  the  public  a  chance  on  not  being  narrow  minded.  Some  of  the  information  that  was  provided  from  WikiLeaks  are  worth  knowing   and  from  the  website  he   hopes  that  it  might  be  able  to  change  the  society  by  stating  the  truth.  What  I  meant  by  ‘change’  was  to  something  better.

Yes,  truth  hurts,  but  sometimes  it  is  better  to  know  what  is  actually  going  on  around  the  world.  It  is  sometimes  rather  unfair  to  conceal  it  with  lies  and   not  fully  told  reports.  By  stating  the  truth,  it  might  create  awareness.  True,  sometimes  telling  the  truth  won’t  be  able  to  solved  everything  but  then  again,  it  all  depends  on  the  individual  on  how  they  handle the  truth.  And  maybe  it  might  not  change  the  situation  at  all  and  will  forever   remain  the  same.  But  at  least  a  chance  was  given  to  the   public  on  being  able  to  know  what  is  actually  going  on.

Reference:

Khatchadouran,  R  2010,  “No  Secrets:  Julian  Assange’s  mission  for  total  transparency”,  The  New  Yorker,  accessed  24/10/2012,  http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian

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3 responses to “WikiLeaks”

  1. cleochong says :

    It is true that the truth hurts, and sometimes information are meant to be mentioned to the society. Maybe we need more of this type of people in our own country. Many cases that are concealed by the government need to be mentioned to the citizen of this country. But again even though it serves as a good purpose to the citizens, there is always a bad side to it. With people that are able to hack into high security government information, do you think our personal information is safe?

  2. ChristyL says :

    The truth comes with a price, and that price is called consequences. Of course, when dishonesties have been discovered, the parties committing the wrongdoings will be the ones to pay. Yet, collateral damage is hardly avoidable. When the Pentagon discovered that it was Osama bin Laden who was behind the 9/11 attacks, they launched a full blown war on Iraq, which resulted the loss of lives of both the guilty and the innocent. It’s a hefty price to pay for the truth.

  3. jonarcigal88 says :

    I believe in complete transparency, what’s there to hide if ones decision or action affects another? I wont be bias here, what Assange did was indeed a crime, but frankly speaking, is there any other way to dig out the truth? At most the government would say, “There is a problem and it’s under control” and what if nothing has change? Would you still stand for that excuse? I may not know what is his true intention for creating WikiLeaks, but for how I see it for now, WikiLeaks is giving a chance to make a change.

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