Our government should expect no privacy when it can't respect the constitution. They get no sympathy from me.
"In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble." Ron Paul
I think Asange is doing a service for Americans by releasing the information he has on his website. I don't really believe one life in the military has been in any more danger since the release of this information than they were before its release. There's really only one reason for government secrecy and that is to protect the government from its own population.
I view it as a new model for journalism. If we're to crack down on Wikileaks then we might as well crack down on the New York Times for collaborating with them. And I for one out of all the news I've seen from Al Jazeera English, France24, and others have yet to see any information that warrants surrendering the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.
Stealing is criminal.....
Transferring stolen goods is just as criminal as the thief that stole it.
If someone illegally obtains my personal data and then someone else publishes it aren't they both in the wrong?
Is stealing your personal data different than selling it without your knowledge? that happens all the time... I guess the real question is do you consider government documents personal/private/privileged information, or do the citizens of a gov't have every right to know what that gov't is doing?
While I am not privy to government document classifications, something considered "Classified," "Secret" or "Top Secret" is taken very seriously by the US government, trust me. On one occasion while servicing a system at the National Security Agency, I had to leave the room, because, using their protocol, I could not be in the same room with a given item! No, I'm NOT kidding.
My take would be that any action outside of legal channels, subsequent to the theft or unauthorized distribution of any such classified document is going to be actionable as a Federal felony, at minimum.
I understand. So, the fact that releasing this information reveals illegal activities and lies that the gov't has been telling the public doesn't weigh in on the matter? Often times leaking information is the way that large corruption scandals are born, and people know the things that the gov't didn't want them to know because of their culpability.
We are conducting a small war inside of pakistan. We are bombing targets in Yemen, whilst their gov't tells the world that it is them that is doing it, not us.
Point is, this cable leak is a good thing. its given regular (blind) americans the ability to see a bit of why the world views us the way they do. We are not a benevolent nation, but a nation of backdoor deals and power brokering to secure its interests at all costs.
I have a major problem with that Julian Assange did, in that he released US classified documents. Is he releasing anything from Russia? China? North Korea? In short, is he doing anything to counterbalance his actions which have the effect of compromising US diplomatic action and give the advantage to the above-mentioned and other powers?
Further, what do you suppose would happen if, by some rare bit of luck, Assange WAS able to glean something from Chinese or Russian State Security and post it on WikiLeaks? Back in the day, the KGB had NO problem with "eliminating" anyone who posed a security risk to the former Soviet Union, and with Putin effectively in the driver's seat, I doubt mightily that they'd be any less bold now. Same notation regarding the PRC and as for North Korea, who knows?
Releasing just ONE SIDE's secrets creates an out-of-balance condition, a potentially dangerous condition depending on the content of the material released. In what appears to be Julian's colossal naivete, he figures that ANY release is good, never mind pulling down the pants of the US as cyber-sport. In this regard, I think he is badly mistaken, and his arrogance in indiscriminately publicizing US classified material (I hope) will have a high price tag attached for him.