Wikileaks, probably state enemy #1 of many countries, but in the past I defended their cause and methods up to a certain point. I believe that it’s good that certain crimes like the collateral murder in Iraq are exposed. But Wikileaks has a different approach, instead of focussing on specific incidents that need to be exposed they prefer to publish documents as is. Consequence is that some of the published documents serve a cause but most don’t expose something that needs to be exposed, they just provide info. Info that serves no cause but often is just a pain in the ass for governments.
Well, we’ve reached a new chapter with Cablegate 2 in which Wikileaks is no longer a whistle blower and Julian Assange days are counted. Julian Assange has always been smart enough to keep some information behind as life insurance, well it seems his life insurance has expired the moment it got published on cryptom.org, (more info here)
According to Wikileaks a journalist of the Guardian is to blame for the documents being published as is, nonredacted. So nonredacted that phone numbers addresses and other details of heads of States have become public, including the phone numbers of the Queen and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (mirror). Now I’m sure they will manage to change their phone numbers quickly but the problem is that the same kind of info has been released about other people in more delicate positions who now, without justifiable reason, at the least are in serious trouble or even have to fear for their lives.
If you combine this with the fact that there seems to be no way anymore to safely leak documents to Wikileaks you can assume Wikileaks is dead. And how much I think we need something like Wikileaks I think this is really for the best.