Friday, 31 December 2010

Rubbernecking the WikiLeaks ethics pile-up

Two articles from yesterday on leaking police investigations into sexual assaults:

Harry’s Place on re-examining the Wikileaks release of unedited police files from the investigation that led to Belgian serial rapist Marc Dutroux being convicted in 2004. The files included “names, telephone numbers, addresses and bank details of witnesses and people involved in the investigations”.

According to Cedric Visart de Bocarme, prosecutor general of Liege, “there is some true, some false, some very disparate information here, involving some people who have done nothing wrong, who have simply been mentioned in an investigation and are thus exposed to public contempt [...] there is some wild stuff in these documents. Some witnesses are prejudiced and would say anything to try to blacken their neighbour, to make themselves seem white than white.”

Journalist Nick Davies of The Guardian responds to criticism of the newspaper’s reporting on leaked information from the Swedish police investigation into sexual assault allegations against Julian Assange.

See also: Christopher R. Albon at The Atlantic On how WikiLeaks set back democracy in Zimbabwe, and from CNN, how the Cuban government is publishig cables from WikiLeaks that “detail meetings between independent Cuban bloggers with officials from the United States Interests Section, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Cuba”.

Earlier in The Guardian, “Assange defended one of WikiLeaks’ collaborators, Israel Shamir, following claims Shamir passed sensitive cables to Belarus’s dictator, Alexander Lukashenko,” via HP, and more on Shamir’s exhortation to “kill a Jew” from Harry’s Place.

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1 comment:

jams o donnell said...

Here's wishing you a happy and artisitclly productive New Year Kellie