Thursday, December 16, 2010

Prosecuting Wikileaks

These days all types of media is hysterical about the Wikileaks, and so is the US officials. Having made public the already “hiddenly known” the Wikileaks have removed all barriers and raised the curtains of overt diplomatic channels. I do not know whether it was a calculated risk by Mr Assange or not, but he must have weighed its pros and cons on his person before electing to leak the hidden news.

While the leaks have embarrassed many across the globe, these have also brought to fore some biting realities in relation between countries who otherwise have never bitten each other publically. The leaks may even hurt the political and diplomatic relations of countries (or are these already had?). The debate whether such act on part of Assange was heroic or treason would be taken care of by the law makers and law enforcers. But a harm or good deed has been done; I wonder which of the two Mr Assange had intended.

As for now, Mr Assange seems in trouble as the US prosecutors are trying hard to indict Mr Assange on charges of espionage and may be treason. How far would they be successful, only time will tell. But beside Mr Assange, many scapegoats will be sacrificed for the sake of face saving. Merely indicting a private in the scandal and a link between Mr Assange and the secret vaults seems to be cover-up as a simple private cannot be holding key to such “valuable” information.

And if the assertion comes true that a private was “the” man supplying the critical information, one can only sympathies with the US authorities for handing over the charge and keys of such a pandora’s box.


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