I often don’t bother writing about things because I find other people are much better informed and smarter than me, so it is easier just to read what they say.
But for some reason, over this, which the world and their uncle has something to say about, I decided I am going to say something.
I have been following the Wikileaks ‘circus’ with something approaching a disgraceful level of interest because I think it is one of, or possibly the most, important news stories of our time and I am waiting for it to be treated as such. I am waiting for something specific to happen. Two things actually.
1) For a reasonable debate about what are appropriate levels of secrecy in Government to start. I read something by one of those smart, informed people about starting this debate. I supposed that in order to properly start this debate, we need to have all the facts, something which I will admit is tricky when we are talking about whether something should or should not be secret, but hey, there’s these cablesa, which are already public domain. So rather than saying ‘this is criminal’ or ‘this is a storm in a teacup’ why don't we make the question: ‘Should this information have been secret?’
2) For us to engage in a debate about individual privacy versus corporate or governmental secrecy which rises above the level of ‘you show ours and we’ll show yours.’ Seriously?
So is that OK? No one is going to send round the damned-by-association police with their logical fallacy writs? Just asking.
a. I guess that means actually reading them. Bum. Or, waiting for smart people to do it.