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WikiLeaks Shocks the Country
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Jee-In Hur, Staff Writer
On November 28, 2010, WikiLeaks began publishing 251,287 U.S.
embassy cables, including many confidential documents. The impact of
revealing such classified media has been enormous so far. The result
ing scandal has stimulated revolution in Tunisia and civil resistance
in Egypt and Libya, once the extent of corruption by the dictatorial re
gimes was revealed. While civil movement has been spreading over the
world, the disclosure of key diplomatic secrets could potentially create
drawbacks in the future for U.S. relations with other nations.
WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization which has been publish
ing confidential secrets since it was launched in 2007. It operates in
cyberspace, accepting information online and keeping sources anony
mous. The extent of disclosure is wide, including changes in the Guan
tanamo Bay manual in 2003; more than 6,500 Congressional Research
Reports; articles from The Independent about toxic dumping in the
Ivory Coast, resulting in injuries for thousands in Abidjan, which were
censored by the BBC, The Guardian, and other major news agencies;
$3 billion corruption by the family of former Kenyan leader Daniel
Moi; drafts of the Copenhagen climate change agreement; the Yahoo
account belonging to Sarah Palin during the 2008 U.S. presidential
election campaign; and information on the insider trading program at
JP Morgan. Some of the publications were more than a billion dollars
of US tax-funded research.
The WikiLeaks scandal reached a new phase as the treatment of
prisoner Bradley Manning has been questioned. Manning was an army
intelligence analyst until he disclosed a critical video of an Iraq War
military helicopter attack on civilians. He has been imprisoned in
Virginia since he revealed his disclosure to a person who recognized
his ID in an Internet messenger. The ethics of Manning’s treatment
while imprisoned have been questioned. Manning was to be naked
while he was censured in front of other prisoners, supposedly to pre
vent him from committing suicide. In a visit for a lecture at MIT, State
Two invitations from the Board of Trustees
concerning Meredith’s next President:
My Dear Friends,
On behalf of the Meredith College Board of Trustees, it
is my distinct honor and pleasure to invite you to join us as we
introduce the College’s next president on Monday, April 18 at 1
p.m. in Jones Auditorium. * .
In the 120-year history of Meredith College, only seven
individuals have served as her president. Working together
with faculty, staff and alumnae, each president has helped build
Meredith into one of America’s most esteemed institutions. In
less than two weeks, our eighth leader will join that illustrious
As we conclude a successful national search, conducted
by representatives of the faculty. Alumnae Association, staff,
student body and Board of Trustees, my fellow trustees and I
look forward to celebrating the introduction of the newest lead
er of the Meredith family.
I hope to see you at this historic event.
Sam E. Ewell, Jr.
Chair, Board of Trustees
A Historic Day
Monday, April 18
(doors open at noon);
Dear Meredith Students, ,
On behalf of the Meredith College Board of Trustees, it is my
distinct honor and pleasure to invite you td greet Meredith’s next •
president as she informally visits with students in Belk Dining Hall
on Monday, April 18, from 5:15 to 6:15pm. Please plan to join us
for this special opportunity to welcome our new leader to campus.
Sam E. Ewell, Jr.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Department spokesperson J.P. Crowley called such treatment “counter
productive” and “stupid” (Crowley resigned on March 13.) It seems that
the State government is on its way and has not figured a good solution to
punish WikiLeaks because the disclosure is under the scope of protection
of freedom of speech. However those in opposition to the spokesperson
like Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. commented that “To that extent
there are gaps in our law.”
On its website, WikiLeaks states that its mission is to support the
rights of all people “to create new history by having the access of critical
information.” At the center of WikiLeaks’ mission and the surrounding
controversy is the injustice of the actions of many institutions, including
the U.S. government. Although globally, security and peace have at times
been achieved, keeping some secrets was considered essential to make
true progress in diplomacy. The U.S. government spends $7 billion annu
ally on intelligence activity, but WikiLeaks has nevertheless penetrated
U.S. diplomacy. Carlos Pascual, U.S. ambassador to Mexico, resigned
following demands by Mexico’s president after a cable was made public
which stated that “the Mexican government does not have the capability
to resolve drug crimes” and that the “Mexican army is inefficient.”
The most significant aspect of WikiLeaks is that all the information
it gathers is disclosed by insiders within institutions and agencies. One
issue raised is that such disclosure of information might have been less
about the truth and more about the interests of those providing informa
tion. Some see WikiLeaks, as merely a group of hackers who do not make
credible analyses about their publications. Yet intelligence is power, and
attaining critical information is key to diplomacy. But most want justice
for refugees whose only hope of outlasting starvation is crossing borders,
only to be caught up in complex jurisdictional debates. Though there is
much debate, WikiLeaks may be a stimulus for an increased focus on jus
tice and accountability as a means of revealing the truth.
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