Wikileaks and the Middle East
by Trey Rentz, Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 08:54:08 AM EST
Wikileaks published, a week ago - the sources and location of the funds of Libyan president Mo'ammar Ghadafi - and shockingly, the total came up to about 35 billion dollars.
Shortly thereafter the Obama administration took decisive action - issuing the largest executive order in the history of financial freeze transactions - isolating and shutting down well over 30 billion dollars worth of funds.
Last week, Wikileaks posted the records of the Palestinian negotiating team - including what appeared to be a transcript of a conversation with Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This selfsame authority then quickly moves to dismiss the entire negotiation team, to avert public protest.
Wikileaks is a site designed to keep anonymity for a source who wishes to post information about a government, or a corporation. It has become more important a tool for good journalism as the freedom of information act.
The grassroots change that is occurring all over the middle east may result in chaos - or it may result in democracy. But it is being driven by free speech.
Telling the truth is a patriotic activity. Isn't it?
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