Read Leakage 1 here before you start this :
What would you do when someone steals your diary and publishes every single page of it on a public domain (a.k.a on internet)? I know most of your diary pages may be of Wimpy Kid nature, but still there could be a page or two that could offer some ideas for an HBO or Showtime late night series…(if you are of the serious diary writing type)? Or let us say, someone publishes a record of your phone bill with details of every single call you made (which number and the recipient’s name, etc..)
Now take that scenario and compare it with another what if scenario. How would you like to read someone else’s diary as procured and published as above? or their phone bill? I bet your reaction is different in both the above scenarios. I am not talking about righteousness or lack of it. I am just talking about the most natural human reaction.
When you extend the second scenario above to a situation which involves a criminal – a murderer or something, what is your reaction? Now throw in a few questions such as righteousness to do so and all that. Let us say you are in the middle of deciding to publish the data procured through this murderer’s diary and his phone bills. Will you publish every single page and every single data or will you make a more analytical call on what to publish and what not to? For example, assuming there are a few pages in the diary that are neither related to the murder already committed nor the murder being planned, but instead are focusing on petty neighborhood politics where details of how each person hates another (including snippy comments and name calling details), what would you do?
Ok. Now this is where I was stuck and this exactly is and was my dilemma when the #Cablegate broke out. I have to admit I still do not approve of this set of leaks that this Australian decided to publish. I was aghast and extremely supportive of the Iraq/Afghani war related leaks. But diplomacy leaks – hmm..not sure. Anyways, when I started the original post, things were a little different. Now with Paypal, Master Card and possibly Visa & Amazon buckling under the pressure of a certain big brother, all I can do is worry about the current state of fake democracy we are living in. I don’t know how different this fake and convenient (convenient only because you do it when it suits you but change to a dictatorship mode when it doesn’t suit you) democracy is from a not so pretentious Chinese dictatorship. So with freedom of speech at stake, the whole issue of Gates and Leaks has taken on a different color and significance. Now, where does it go next and what other dangerous dimensions is it going to add to its skin, is anyone’s guess. But I am pretty sure that the big brother is hoping that, with the Ozzie behind the bars and with Interpol dancing to their tune all the time, it may just be a case of letting time take care of making people forget this issue – Just like that.
(Leakage stops here for now…)