Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop Wikileaks

from the good-luck-with-that dept

Marc Thiessen is a former Bush speechwriter, who seems to have tried to make a second career out of saying really clueless things as loudly as possible. Lately he's been on a rampage against Wikileaks, first suggesting that it somehow made sense to use US military power to track down and capture Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. This resulted in a reporter pointing out that Thiessen's response to Wikileaks is like the RIAA's response to Napster: destined to backfire due to a basic misunderstanding of the internet.

Apparently Thiessen either didn't read or understand that response. Or, perhaps in the business of being loud and wrong, he just doesn't care. He's since written a few more pieces attacking Wikileaks, including directly blaming it for an Afghan tribal leader being killed... though in the very next sentence he admits he doesn't know if that had anything to do with Wikileaks. Accuse first, find out the truth later, huh?

But, last Friday, Thiessen moved things up a notch on the RIAA-repeatifier, and suggested that with Assange's recent promise to release the remaining 15,000 documents in the recent collection -- after scrubbing them of identifying information -- the US should somehow "shut down" Wikileaks. Yeah, good luck with that. Kevin Poulsen, over at Wired, does a nice job educating Thiessen once again on what a clueless statement that is. You can't just shut down Wikileaks, and any attempt to do so would only get the material in question significantly more attention.

First of all, a US court once tried to shut down Wikileaks over a minor issue which, in turn, got the documents in question a lot more attention and eventually resulted in a dropped lawsuit. But, more importantly, for the brief time that the site was supposed to be blocked, it didn't take long for many, many, many people around the world to make sure it was not blocked at all. Just imagine the response if the US federal government tried to shut down Wikileaks? It would get a tremendous amount of attention, and would do absolutely nothing to stop the dissemination of the files in question.

It's amazing that anyone can claim to be knowledgeable about these things and suggest a brute force solution that would so obviously backfire. But, then again, the RIAA did do the same sort of thing for nearly a decade, and still is so dizzy from the backlash that it hasn't figured out what it did wrong.

Filed Under: information, marc thiessen, wikileaks

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  1. identicon
    whoever, 16 Aug 2010 @ 1:05pm

    thiessen / WL

    this crazy ranting pip who thinks he can go on presenting himself as a "journalist" (this dobeljuh-speechwriter thiessen whose only capbility is to write speeches - pure PR, nothing else and nothing more - which made quite a part of the globe for quite a couple of years laugh until getting serious ZWERCHFELLKATER...)

    this crazy pip gets his answers, regardless if he plays not knowing about it, the world cliks and reads them. just an example of those many pages sampling the answers html - direct link to the comment page.

    just take some seconds and see if ya can count all those comments there...

    anyway. this crazy pip thiessen is stealing newspaper place from those people who know about journalism and can present reasons to be called so. this PR pip is simply stealing pro journalists' money, I hope that WP finally stops with this stupid stuff which can make quite some readers finally loose patience with that newspaper.

    pips want quality, not middle age stuff which is neither a journalists' result nor a journalistic content of any kind. they want to see professionalism, even in the united states.

    i appeal to the WP staff to finally stop abusing their readers with publishing that crazy pips middle age cheap PR texts. even if he pays WP like millions for publishing every one of them - the readers they could lose if they go on might be finally more worth taking care for, just like basics in journalism - to clearly differenciate between PR (in this case, OIL texas chick middle age PR) and professional journalism.

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