keep it straight, yo

In general, I’m obsessed with historical radicalness and tipping points, which is why I am so fixated on this Wikileaks phenomenon. It feels like such a HUGE deal and I can’t stop thinking about it (though, I’m sure plenty of people out there could care less.) However, for those who do care, check out this super short summary that speaks for itself: The BFD of The Wikileaks Era. Also love this excellent piece (The Crux of the Wikileak’s Debate) detailing how the lies surrounding the Wikileaks phenom are becoming ‘fact’ –as much as Saddam’s WMDs. Whatever your opinions on the Wikileaks phenomenon, even if you don’t really care, at least keep the fundamental facts straight.

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LIE #1: Wikileaks “dumped a quarter of a million” cables for general public consumption.
FACT: Only 960 cables have been released, about 2% of the total cache.

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LIE #2: Wikileaks “indiscriminately” released cables that provide no value other than satisfying people’s “prurient” interest.

FACT: These 960 cables were selected via a collaborative editorial process that included some of the world’s most respected news organizations: The Guardian (w/ The New York Times), El Pais, Le Monde and Der Speigel. Cables were chosen that specifically *corresponded to stories already released* by these major papers – i.e. cables determined to be newsworthy by managing editors.

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LIE #3: Wikileaks “carelessly” put innocent people in danger.

FACT: All the above newspapers published the cables *before* Wikileaks. Additionally, once Wikileaks finally did make the 960 cables available on their website, ALL redactions suggested by editors of said newspapers were applied to protect identities.

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Just had to put this out there after mentioning these facts to a few friends who were under the impression that Wikileaks posted 250,000 random cables on their website “just because they could.” The Wikileaks process is not perfected, and there is much refining to be done, but it’s not the “random dump” of information that mainstream media is reporting.


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