WikiLeaks Revelations: Don't Hate, Congratulate

Website's motivations don't matter; full disclosure does
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2010 1:16 PM CDT
WikiLeaks Revelations: Don't Hate, Congratulate
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference in London Monday July 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/APTN, Pool)

(Newser) – The inevitable backlash over the information in the WikiLeaks documents completely misses the point, writes the LA Times editorial board. "WikiLeaks and its media colleagues appear to have behaved thoughtfully," and "what motivates WikiLeaks to post classified material is barely even interesting, much less important." In fact, the document dump represents a victory for democracy and freedom of the press.

"The germane question is whether the United States and its allies are best served by secrecy or debate," the editors write. "And the answer is obvious: No democracy can or should fight a war without the consent of its people, and that consent is only meaningful if it is predicated on real information." To read more about WikiLeaks' successes, click here.
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