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Dylan Ratigan

Dylan Ratigan

Posted: December 8, 2010 02:04 PM

#WikiFear: What Are They Afraid Of?

What's Your Reaction:

There's an unexplored part of the WikiLeaks story. What exactly are its opponents afraid of? I'd like to know what you think.

WikiLeaks has done what any other news organization might have done if confidential yet newsworthy information had come into its possession. Here's Glenn Greenwald.

WikiLeaks has posted to its website only 960 of the 251,297 diplomatic cables it has. Almost every one of these cables was first published by one of its newspaper partners which are disclosing them (The Guardian, theNYT, El Pais, Le Monde, Der Speigel, etc.). Moreover, the cables posted by WikiLeaks were not only first published by these newspapers, but contain the redactions applied by those papers to protect innocent people and otherwise minimize harm.

Still, the blowback has been fierce.

Amazon drops WikiLeaks.

PayPal drops WikiLeaks.

Hillary Clinton implies WikiLeaks is illegal.

VISA. Mastercard.

Sweden. England.

Senator Joe Lieberman.

My question is, why?

All of the institutions going after WikiLeaks are afraid of something. What is it? I don't know. What do you think? Comment below and tweet using #wikifear.

(Note that Facebook is not removing WikiLeaks, and that it is a tech startup -- Flattr -- which is still allowing funds to flow to WikiLeaks.)

 
 
 

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