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I’ve been supportive of Wikileaks over the past week. The leak of 250,000 US State Department diplomatic cables has prompted outrage from Governments around the world who don’t want their dirty laundry aired in public, but their constant screams of, “But this information will endanger every man, woman and child in the universe, and anyway, that Julian Assange is a rapist!” haven’t exactly seemed credible.
It’s been fun reading diplomats’ assessments of certain world leaders, but being able to work out that Russia is a “virtual mafia state” wouldn’t exactly flummox Sherlock Holmes, and these leaks have mainly confirmed things we already knew or suspected, rather than providing us with genuinely new information.
This morning, however, I read the first leak that I’ve actually been uncomfortable with Wikileaks releasing. It’s a list of “critical infrastructure and key resources” identified by the US Government – pretty much a little black book of targets for terrorists to hit. It seems to be me to be pretty irresponsible to leak, as these aren’t just military installations or obviously valuable buildings. The list identifies all the possible targets – many of them medical and industrial – that the US considers essential to its well-being. As such, it’s like painting a series of bullseyes over a map of the world.
So while I’ve enjoyed reading about Silvio Berlusconi’s “frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard”, as well as Vladimir Putin’s alleged billions in Swiss bank accounts (maybe he could lend Julian Assange a fiver, as the Wikileaks founder’s own Swiss bank account has just been shut down as part of the noose quickly tightening around his neck – a combination of Governmental pressure, and puppet companies willing to play along with their obvious agenda), I do think there’s a limit when it comes to playing into the hands of America’s enemies. Assange and the rest of the Wikileaks team have every right to be “anti” when it comes to America given how they’ve been treated, but they do need to continue to act responsibly, lest their quest to lay the truth bare for the public turns into an uglier, and more dangerous, affair.
It’s worth pointing out that all these cables were given en masse to certain media organisations last week – this one was just found as a result of the massive trawling-through exercise that journalists are currently engaged in, so it wasn’t like anyone planned to release the key infrastructure list specifically today. Hopefully, therefore, the fact that this document is unredacted is merely an anomaly, and isn’t a sign of things to come.