We understand that a court decision against Wikileaks, a website for whistleblowers to publish information exposing unethical practices, has been reversed. The website at http://www.wikileaks.org/ says of itself:
Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact. Our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by all types of people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.
We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information. Historically that information has been costly - in terms of human life and human rights. But with technological advances - the internet, and cryptography - the risks of conveying important information can be lowered.
Whilst we can see the reasons behind Wikileaks mission, we believe that the foundation upon which this crusade is undertaken to be on very shaky ground indeed. Any intelligence analyst worth their sort knows that there is as much disinformation on the Internet as there is information. So how can you tell the difference?
So to do they know that systems and accompanying data can be subverted such that information originated from one source can be altered to look like it came from another source. More concerning is the question of the real motives behind this whistleblower agenda. Just who are the people behind the scenes at Wikileaks anyway?
No one questions the need for greater transparency amongst government institutions and the commercial world. What we do question is how you go about it.
At the very least, Wikileaks.org could disrupt the internal communications department of the worlds leading organisations for a time. At the very worst, websites such as Wikileaks could damage real investigations into political and commercial criminality.
We ask "Are Websites for Whistleblowers "Imagination without reason or worse still - imagination without foundation?"