Kaila Sewell | Staff Writer
If you are anything like me, you’ve been hearing about this Wikileaks thing and only briefly wondered what it was all about before going on with the menial task you were performing at the time the word crossed your mind.
Now that you’ve picked up this issue of The All State and decided to read this particular article, you won’t have to wonder for a moment. You will know everything I know about Wikileaks.
Wikileaks, according to its new website (http://126.96.36.199/), is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about national secrets, either from anonymous sources or those who would love to have their names displayed all over the Internet for everyone to see. Since 2007, they have published more than 20,000 classified documents that originally weren’t intended for the general public, including “Afghan War Diary” which was a compilation of documents about the war in Afghanistan.
None of documents were supposed to be available for people to see. Now that we’ve established what Wikileaks is, let’s go through the reasons the nation is in an uproar. First and foremost, the website is a possible (depending upon which side you’re on) threat to national security.
In a Time (www.time.com) interview with former Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, he said Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ editor-in-chief, was a “high-tech terrorist” and that the United States should persecute him to the fullest extent of the law. If that is not enough, we should change the law.
He is infuriated that Assange is sticking his nose in where most people would say it didn’t belong. At this point, the issue is the First Amendment to the Constitution gives all Americans the right to speak freely.
While I agree that the idea of handing out government secrets is outrageous and Assange should have his website permanently shut down, I also agree there is a small problem with that idea. There is no amendment to the amendment. Nothing says we have the right to free speech, “except for.”
The question is, do we take away freedoms or endanger ourselves? Do we give away secrets or keep the promises that were made hundreds of years ago? In my opinion, it’s a terrible Catch-22. TAS