TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think of the most recent WikiLeaks release?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 11:28 a.m. CST; updated 5:08 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As the New York Times put it, a "mammoth cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables" has been made public by the infamous WikiLeaks.

According to an NPR report, Australian officials are investigating whether WikiLeaks broke any laws. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' founder, is Australian. 

The release has brought on outrage from the U.S. government, particularly from the State Department, a subject of some of the WikiLeaks coverage.

"It is an attack on the international community," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a video from CNN. "We are taking aggressive steps ... so that this kind of breach cannot, and does not, ever happen again.

"I'm aware that some may mistakenly applaud those responsible, so I want to set the record straight. There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people."

According to the NPR article, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is also investigating the case and will prosecute if they come across violations of U.S. law.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a press conference that President Barack Obama "was — as an understatement — not pleased." 

However, WikiLeaks officials state their case on their website: "Publishing improves transparency, and this transparency creates a better society for all people. Better scrutiny leads to reduced corruption and stronger democracies in all society's institutions, including government, corporations and other organisations. A healthy, vibrant and inquisitive journalistic media plays a vital role in achieving these goals. We are part of that media."

The New York Times, in its own way, agrees. Editors have chosen to publish the information given to them by WikiLeaks this week.

"As daunting as it is to publish such material over official objections, it would be presumptuous to conclude that Americans have no right to know what is being done in their name," the newspaper said.

In an interview with CNN, Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesperson for WikiLeaks, put it simply.

"People have the right to know what their governments are up to," he said.

What do you think of the most recent WikiLeaks release?

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Richard Saunders November 30, 2010 | 5:16 p.m.

WikiLeaks is likely a CIA psy-op, designed for damage control, embarrassment of foreign leaders, and to provide rationale for future political decisions.

The has an excellent article on how the leaks do not damage the US gov. nearly as much as they help it.

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Richard Saunders November 30, 2010 | 5:17 p.m.

Errr... make that

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Mike Martin November 30, 2010 | 9:54 p.m.

Wikileaks Spill: Catalyst for New, More Open Style of Governing?

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Paul Allaire December 8, 2010 | 11:56 a.m.

I am bemused by the "outrage" expressed by so many politicians. I am appalled at what constituted grounds for the founder's arrest. I am disappointed with the actions of various internet providers and credit card companies.

Here we have a bunch of people shouting "Law! Law! Law!" when, in fact, they neither know nor respect the same. In absence of any law that applies to the individual in question, most of the offended seem confident that they can invent it on the run. How else does one justify advocating an espionage charge on someone who was never a US citizen? The angry politicians remind me of angry pigs. I was not really intending to malign farm animals when I made the statement. Could someone offer a better comparison?

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Ernest Perez March 15, 2011 | 5:05 p.m.

I feel that the American Government has done so many underhanded things in its history, from the blowing up of the Main in Santiago, Cuba, to the killing of Salvador Allende duly elected by the Chileans, to the Tonkin Resolution, or the Alabama GI's whom the gave syphilis injections to, or the declaration by Collin Powell in front of the United Nations to start this immoral war against Iraq that I for one welcome the chance to see the truth of the matter, not some sugar coated contrived excuse to kill innocent people and destroy countries in my name so the likes of Halliburton can have an economic benefit. That I find immoral.

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