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December 08, 2010


Keith Waryas


Excellent post! The conclusion that "this didn't have to happen", is spot on. But, when it comes to government, I'm not sure you can draw a line between political and legal debate, or define ownership rights quite as clearly.... The pentagon papers are a prime example of this.


Christoph Wenzel

Let's assume the informatione has been "stolen".
Information can be used in favor or against individuals and organizations (that's why we wouldn't feel comfortable if the government would publish all information they have about us).
When improper use of information can become dangerous, its "owner" has the responsibility, to ensure that access is trictly controlled. (if you own a gun, you should take the same responsibility)
So you could argue, whether WikiLeaks should have published the information they "stole".
On the other hand: the fact, that so much information can be stolen, needs to be published.
It demonstrates that access control in the govenment is not what it should be. This has to do with behaviour and responsibility of people you have voted for.


Could this whole affair serve as a wake-up call on cloud security? I wonder if financial institutions, for example, are envisioning themselves as the victims instead of the government? Maybe this will raise some awareness about the security of corporate Internet communications. http://www.theinfoboom.com/articles/cloud-security-concerns-heighten-as-wikileaks-and-other-threats-amass/

Steve Litras

I struggle with this one - on one hand, I completely agree that I don't want *my* data shared (and by extension, anyone else's), but there is a legitimate role for the "whistle-blower". My struggle is where does legitimate whistle-blowing activity become information theft. Clearly a lot of the stuff on wikileaks goes beyond the legit whistle-blower scenario, but maybe defining that line is where we should all focus...

Douglas ( MLM )

I feel it is important to know what our government is doing. It is our government so the information belongs to the people

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