This whole WikiLeaks mess is a fascinating study into information access and control. Our government, and others, are bristling over the release of confidential documents. There is no question that the theft of these documents is a crime but what about publishing on the Internet? The Supreme Court allowed the publication of top secret documents in the Pentagon Papers case back in the 1970’s. So what’s different now? Ever since 9/11 we’ve been in information lock down because of the supposed terrorist threat. It’s time to pry our government back open. They have no qualms about spying on us…but don’t like it when we spy on them.
The heat on WikiLeaks is asserting
What our government finds disconcerting.
They’re loathe to discuss
About spying on us
But when we spy on them it’s subverting.