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A Global Perspective on WikiLeaks
Regardless of what you believe about WikiLeaks, if you’re living in the U.S., chances are you’ve developed your opinion based on what WikiLeaks means for the U.S. I’m not trying to change your opinion but I’d like to expand your perspective. Everyone around the globe is talking about WikiLeaks, whether or not Twitter acknowledges it. So, while we’re busy wondering and tweeting about what WikiLeaks means for our national security and international reputation, others around the world are blogging about what they now know about America (thanks to WikiLeaks) and what it means for their countries.
From a Chinese Blogger Dao Feng on GlobalVoices:
Faced with America’s aggressive gunboat diplomacy offensive, it’s hard to imagine that if North Korea were to enter a state of war and then be invaded by theUnited States, there would appear a North Korea in any better shape than the Iraq of today. With countless suicide bombers darkening the sky there day in and day out, do the countries neighboring Iraq feel at ease? . . . if another drug-filled environment held by American forces like Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos were to appear, would China be safe?
So, whether or not you support or don’t support WikiLeaks, at least consider the conversation that the world is having about global relations (and not just by government officials but by netizens).
Consider Chinese Blogger Liu Yang‘s perspective.
The minute someone like Assange began revealing the truth, America and other “victim” nations, given that they are all share the same interests, started off not by discussing the right or wrong or what’s truthful [in the leaks], but only seeking to shut the scrutinizer Assange’s mouth. So we’re back to that old question: if Assange does get shut up, how then will democratic supervision of and freedom of expression throughout the international community be realized? WikiLeaks’ actions are merely one aspect of democratic supervision and freedom of speech. If even this cannot be allowed, who then is capable of monitoring America’s international activities? Can people now say that America needs no scrutiny of its presence overseas?
WikiLeaks is the poster child for the power of the internet to start global conversations. Again, I’m not saying it’s good or bad, it just is. The leaks have captivated the entire world, and thanks to GlobalVoices, we’re able to read what bloggers around the globe are saying. As I read different posts, I realized that WikiLeaks provided news and information about governments where there isn’t freedom of the press. This fact wasn’t lost on Bloggers and Tweeters in Tunisia and Ecuador.
So, regardless of what you think about WikiLeaks as a site, a movement, or an idea, it has cleverly captured the world’s attention, got it talking about something other than what’s on TV, and even forced governments to talk more candidly to each other.