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Submission + - Some Wikileaks Contributions to Public Discourse 3

Hugh Pickens writes: "EFF reports that regardless of the heated debate over the propriety of Wikileaks actions, some of the cables have contributed significantly to public and political conversations around the world. The Guardian reported on a cable describing an incident in Afghanistan in which employees of DynCorp, a US military contractor, hired a "dancing boy," an underaged boy dressed as women, who dance for gatherings of men and is then prostituted — an incident that contributed important information to the debate over the use of private military contractors. A cable released by Wikileaks showed that Pfizer allegedly sought to blackmail a Nigerian regulator to stop a lawsuit against drug trials on children. A Wikileaks revelation that the United States used bullying tactics to attempt to push Spain into adopting copyright laws even more stringent than those in the US came just in time to save Spain from the kind of misguided copyright laws that cripple innovation and facilitate online censorship. An article by the New York Times analyzed cables released which indicated the US is having difficulties in fulfilling Obama's promise to close the Guantánamo Bay detention camp and is now considering incentives in return for accepting detainees, including a one-on-one meeting with Obama or assistance obtaining IMF assistance. "These examples make clear that Wikileaks has brought much-needed light to government operations and private actions," writes Rainey Reitman, "which, while veiled in secrecy, profoundly affect the lives of people around the world and can play an important role in a democracy that chooses its leaders.""
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Some Wikileaks Contributions to Public Discourse

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  • After it was revealed in 2008 that the US torture flights had used Danish airspace and even Danish airports, the Danish Parliament told the government to ask the US for an explanation. The cables reveal that the government secretly asked the US to not answer, in the hope that the whole affair would blow over. When later questioned in Parliament about why there was no answer from the US, the government did not reveal that it had not followed the orders from Parliament.

    A government Minister lying to Parliamen

  • ICAM; I mean, nobody wants to endanger soldiers or anything, and I'm not sure how wikileaks can 'responsibly' disseminate the leaked docs, but most of what's been released has been little more than embarrassing; and most importantly it's been EYE-OPENING for the gen. public. The U.S. isn't a monarchy or totalitarian state; our elected officials and their appointees need to be accountable for what they're wiring in our name.

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