Daniel Halliday
Dec 21 · Last update 7 days ago.
Are Julian Assange and WikiLeaks having a positive or negative impact?
Julian Assange is a cyber activist and the creator of WikiLeaks, a website for whistle-blowers and the leaking of secret information and news. In August 2012 Julian Assange was granted asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and has been confined there ever since, fearing for his safety if he leaves due to an expected extradition to the United States. As it looks like the Ecuadorian government have been recently considering a change of tact in harbouring Assange, let’s consider: Is Julian Assange promoting transparency and challenging corruption through WikiLeaks or threatening the security of individuals, governments, companies and entire nations?
Stats of Viewpoints
Negative impact
0 agrees
0 disagrees
Positive impact in the fight against corruption
0 agrees
0 disagrees
Wikileaks’ impact has been mixed
0 agrees
0 disagrees
Viewpoints
Add New Viewpoint
Negative impact

Wikileaks is a disaster, releasing state secrets that jeopardise safety, security and arm terrorists with information, such as the list of Afghans cooperating with the US to fight the Taliban from the Chelsea Manning leaked US Army documents. Some of the personal details released have been inexcusable, releasing personal data of mental health patients, sick children, and hundreds of cases of personal documents, passports and credit card information. The site, how its run and Julian Assange’s online attacks are dangerous, has led to multiple employees leaving the organisation and needs to be reformed or closed down and bough to justice. usnews.com/opinion/articles/2010/12/09/the-real-wikileaks-threat-is-julian-assange-just-a-guy-with-a-laptop-or-a-cyber-terrorist

Agree
Disagree
Positive impact in the fight against corruption

Wikileaks remains one of the few valuable tools in the fight against corruption throughout the world, giving whistle-blowers not only a place to distribute data where all can see, but most importantly the protection of anonymity when doing so. This provides the world with important international news that usually doesn’t make it into the mainstream corporate news media, or stories they do not have the inside knowledge to report on. The charges against Assange and the media’s coverage of him amount to little more than a smear campaign, and a ploy to get him extradited to the United States for espionage charges that are likely to be exceedingly harsh.

Agree
Disagree
Wikileaks’ impact has been mixed

Wikileaks is any important service, but they may have gone too far with certain content that is published, they have published, on average, a million documents a year, and it is just too much content to be properly moderated. As a result there have been a number of occasions when certain individual’s personal information have been published on the site, with no clear news or scandal connection. Wikileaks started an important movement, but has some failings as a service. The site needs reviewing, and there are other similar services, whistleblowers and personalities covering similar news content on other sites that may adequately bridge this gap.

Agree
Disagree
Translate