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February 2011 Issue Released

01/16/11 03:22:22 pm

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Resolved: Wikileaks is a threat to United States national security.

Foreword: Throughout 2010, WikiLeaks has disclosed classified U.S. documents to the world. In April, the site released a video showing members of the U.S. military in a helicopter shooting and killing individuals on the ground, two of whom were journalists with Reuters (the inference was that the shooters mistook the targets’ camera equipment for weapons). In July, WikiLeaks provided the media with 90,000 documents on the war in Afghanistan. In October, it leaked 400,000 documents on the war in Iraq. And then, at the end of November, WikiLeaks began a gradual leak of its 250,000 diplomatic cables or communications between U.S. diplomats and the State Department. This topic is timely; so much so, that many of the effects of the leaks have not yet been discerned. However the wording of the topic strikes me as somewhat ridiculous because it excessively limits the Con’s grounds. Of course WikiLeaks is a threat to national security; the real question is, is the threat so substantial as to outweigh the protection of free speech, or the transparency of government? It’s impossible to take the topic seriously, and thus, the debate is not really about whether WikiLeaks is a threat, but rather, how grave the threat really is.

Michelle Schmit

   

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