They say power corrupts. And, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I wouldn’t say that the NSA, with all their spying powers, has anywhere near absolute power. But, it seems that it didn’t take absolute power to corrupt them.
Steve Dent wrote an article for Engadget called Snowden documents reveal that the NSA spied on Wikileaks website visitors, in which he reveals that more Edward Snowden files have been released and this time they show the U.S. has spied not just on Wikileaks, but also on it’s infrastructure.
There are even articles that hint that the latest Snowden revelation goes further… that the NSA and it’s British cohorts, the GCHQ have put pressure on Wikileaks and its supporters.
There are a couple problems here. Wikileaks is not based in the United States. That means that the U.S. has engaged in hostile computer attacks on a foreign country. That’s a big one, so don’t let the next issue overshadow it.
The second issue is that Wikileaks is a safe haven for those now called whistleblowers, people who see things that they deem to be morally wrong and are brave enough to say something about it. Regardless of what people think of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, or even Edward Snowden, we must acknowledge that the ability to cry foul is something that’s required for freedom to exist.
The United State’s stance on whistleblowing and the journalists who support it has a radical stifling effect on news. According to Inquisitr.com The United States Global Press Freedom Ranking has dropped dropped dramatically in 2014.
It is not merely freedom of speech that’s at stake here. It’s all freedoms. If we can’t speak freely, then public discourse about anything from politics to science goes can’t happen. If you want to stifle innovation, limiting free speech is one of the fastest ways to do it.
I’ll leave you with a line from ALGORITHM, “Simply because I don’t believe in a government quickly devolving into fascism doesn’t make me an anarchist.”