WHISTLEBLOWING FALLOUT

Whistleblowing Fallout
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WHISTLEBLOWING FALLOUT



Written by Rob Dale
28 Wednesday 28th July 2010

There’s already a plethora of well-thought out, reasoned and insightful assessment of Wikileaks and its publication of the War Logs. However most of the online debate has been about what the work of Julian Assange means for the future of journalism. People haven’t really bothered to address the content.

That’s because it isn’t really new at all. We already knew that the source material we were being fed by politicians and embedded journalists was rubbish, that most Afghans are vehemently opposed to NATO’s occupation of their land, that many civilians are being killed and that Pakistan couldn’t care less that the Taliban are currently lodging inside their border.

So why is this data important? The information is important because even though this was all known before, it has now been verified and that makes a difference in political decision-making. No longer will any pro-coalition statement go unchallenged, unattributed, unproven.

The result of the leaking of these documents will therefore prove far more valuable to the Afghanis (and possibly the Taliban). It will cement anti-US and British feelings and empowers them to drive the foreign troops out of their land. It has destroyed any peacekeeping credentials NATO maintained and it now surely makes it all but impossible to remain on Afghan soil.

Just last week the UK government we’re issuing statements saying British troops would not be active in Afghanistan in 2014 – after yesterday’s events it looks as though date may well be bought forward a couple of years.

In the long run, this may work out being a positive thing all round – if, with an educated and informed public, we are force to withdraw (making life easier for the new Government), we no longer look able to go and invade anywhere else. In many ways this could be the last war the West is able to provoke in a very long time.

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  • Guest: John
    Thu 29 - Jul - 2010, 13:13
    Wikileaks are takin over
  • Guest: John
    Thu 29 - Jul - 2010, 13:12
    Wikileaks are takin over

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