Wikileaks has just twitted that has released over 250k cablegrams from US embassies without previously censoring the name of persons involved.
Part of the material is classified as secret.
This puts at danger the names of those working in intelligence, operational units and discloses secrets that can be used by terrorists.
Which is the value brought to humankind by this released materials? None.
Is it a step towards freedom? Definitely no.
Is only the move of the stupid egocentric mentality of Mr. Assange that acts like a teenager more than as an adult.
I hope that Mr. Assange receives the double of what people will suffer from his ridiculous activities.
Mr. Assange, freedom is another thing.
P.S. I hereby launch two ideas: Boycott wikileaks by not visiting the site and stop spreading the torrent
Noah Shachtman (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/author/noah_shachtman/ ) at Wired reports that “[...] The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And there’s no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like they’re on fire. [...] OK, OK. Maybe that isn’t precisely the logic being employed by those segments of the American military who would like to deploy the Active Denial System to Afghanistan. I’m sure they’re telling themselves that the generally non-lethal microwave weapon is a better, safer crowd control alternative than an M-16. But those ray-gun advocates better think long and hard about the Taliban’s propaganda bonanza when news leaks of the Americans zapping Afghans until they feel roasted alive [...]” (full article at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/u-s-testing-pain-ray-in-afghanistan/) .
Honestly I think that is just a matter of POV: on my side is better to have people running away with the feeling of being burned than having a bullet between your eyes. I can understand that if you’re on the other this new NLW (Non Lethal Weapon) could be quite disturbing.
But if can avoid some (unfortunately not all) human losses, for me is welcome.
This post as a comment also at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/u-s-testing-pain-ray-in-afghanistan/comment-page-2/#comment-89204
I see from many sources (among of them http://www.corriere.it/esteri/09_settembre_04/marine_morente_pentagono_a9aa09e2-996e-11de-b514-00144f02aabc.shtml, italian only) that AP published a photo of Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard, that died in Afghanistan.
Mr. Robert Gates said that is a lack of compassion.
In my opinion is not a problem of compassion: I think that there’s a limit that cannot be overtaken and this limit is the one of good sense.
It doesn’t take away anything from freedom of speech if some things like this one are not published.
If I were the photographer, I would have tried to get the name of the soldier and then find his parents and give the photos as a testimony of last moments of their beloved son.
Everybody knows that soldiers, civils and rebels in Afghansitan are dying: what adds this photo? Nothing.
What adds this photo to AP and photographer? A little bit of notoriety that every person of good sense would avoid.
Nathan Hodge at Wired Danger Room asks the question if US should support Iran green movement (full article at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/does-irans-green-movement-need-us-aid/).
In my opinion Unitd States support is a need and not a nice to have.
And maybe is going on right now.
I think that this self started (or at least started with a little help movement is a unique chance for US – and the whole world -to subvert iranian regime and try to obtain that a moderated islamic government rises in one of the most critical countries in the world.
In my opinon US understood this chance and helped starting the movement with technology and humint, and need to continue this support.
This post as a comment also at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/07/does-irans-green-movement-need-us-aid/comment-page-1/#comment-68606