But I Don't Support What Julian Assange Is Doing. . .It isn't that I don't think that some of the information coming from Wikileaks hasn't been revelatory, but it releases information without discrimination. And I don't think that is good for the world. I think diplomats being able to have confidential conversations is crucial to the diplomatic process. To think that every conversation that these diplomats have should be made public feeds into a culture of soundbites over substance. I am more interested in the outcomes of their private conversations than the conversations themselves.
And I don't understand placing such a high value on releasing any and all information regardless of how destabilizing it might be to the world at large. What I have read about circumstances surrounding the rape charges against Assange doesn't make me think he is a rapist. However, it does add to my perception of him as an egomaniac. I don't think he is naive about the potential disastrous consequences of what he disseminates, but I think his primary investment in his own notoriety, just barely masked by a poorly conceived idea of what is "best for the world," is what drives him. He is incredibly irresponsible, and I am personally glad that he and Wikileaks are being stopped.
EvesHarvest 51-55, F 37 Responses 4 Dec 7, 2010