In my prior post, “Wikileaks.org: Secret US Embassy Cables“, I didn’t get a chance to say what I thought were wrong about this leak. I mean the leaking itself, not the content of it. Apparently, the Western media is still all over it, gloating at America’s misery and milking it for every penny of advertising dollar they can get their hands on. Here is an example, the Economist’s latest segment, “From soporific to sizzling; Plenty of gossip, some titillation—and also a few surprises.”
I couldn’t help but sympathize with the U.S. government over their desire to put an end to this leak. Whoever
leaked it (took the original documents and sent to Wikileaks) is in clear violation of U.S. laws. The fact that Wikileaks is redistributing illegally obtained materials has a tinge of dishonor in it, despite their stated goals.
Lately, the U.S. media has been reporting that China is blocking access to Wikileaks. I am not sure. Certainly, China Daily’s articles has been mostly about Wikileaks’ founder Assange, and not much coverage of the leaked documents’ contents. As in the discussions in my prior post, I didn’t think the materials were that ‘incriminating’ of China.
As relates to the Chinese media, I think they are taking a principled approach. Censorship? I think so. But I think it is likely done to not condone leaking of state secrets.
This was a quick post, because I mainly wanted to get this idea out: the fact that their is a need for balance between national security and free press. Allen has insightful comments below, especially if you felt this post left you hanging.