New Congressional Leadership Prioritizes Wikileaks Investigation
from the how-about-not-covering-up-stuff? dept
We had high hopes after a recent Congressional hearing about Wikileaks, which appeared to focus more on the problem of overly secretive government rather than just blaming Wikileaks, that perhaps the US wouldn’t go too far in its overreaction to the site. However, with a new leadership taking over Congress this week, apparently they’ve decided to prioritize investigating Wikileaks and are making the whole thing political, suggesting that the Justice Department has been “too slow and too weak” in dealing with the site. Rep. Darrell Issa, who is heading the “oversight committee,” claims that the US government must do something about Wikileaks or “the world is laughing at this paper tiger we’ve become.”
That makes no sense. So far, nearly all of the international response we’ve seen about Wikileaks has been focused on just how incredibly hypocritical the US has been in its response — promoting freedom of the press and a free internet elsewhere, but then freaking out about Wikileaks at home. Pushing a politically motivated attack on Wikileaks will just make this issue worse in the eyes of the international community and seems unlikely to benefit the US in any way. If the world is laughing at the US over anything, it’s about its childish and counterproductive response to Wikileaks, demonstrated specifically by Darrell Issa’s statements and prioritization of Wikileaks as an issue.
If anything should be prioritized, it should be a review of why the government is being so overly secretive on matters where it should not be.