State Department, Once Again, Asks Wikileaks To 'Return' Leaked Cables

from the that's-not-how-digital-works dept

Earlier this year, we all had a good laugh over the demand from the Pentagon that Wikileaks "return" the leaked documents it held. Lots of people pointed out that they were digital copies. You don't "return" stuff that's digital. All this demand did was make the Pentagon look totally clueless about how digital information works. It looks like the PR geniuses at the State Department have decided to do the same thing. They've put out a demand that Wikileaks "return" the remaining diplomatic cables in its possession.

Once again, this just makes the State Department look clueless, out of date and confused about the internet. First of all, you don't "return" digital documents. But, more importantly, Wikileaks has already shown that it has no intention of doing any such thing -- and making such a request just looks silly by the State Department. It's foot stamping rather than doing anything productive. Given the State Department's ridiculous PR over this whole Wikileaks thing, is it really any wonder why those old attempts by the US government to hire PR people to convince the people we were invading that it was for their own good turned out so disastrously bad?

Filed Under: digital, documents, state department, wikileaks
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    Prashanth (profile), 8 Dec 2010 @ 2:34pm

    Lage Raho Wikileaks!

    I've got an idea stemming off of the person's idea to send them ZIP files of the leaked documents. That idea alone won't be quite enough, so let's do this Lage Raho Munna Bhai style: [either method is acceptable]
    [Analogue Method] Print out several of these leaked cables, package them in envelopes and/or boxes along with flowers and "Get Well Soon"/"Deepest Condolences" cards (roses if the former, daisies if the latter), and send these packages to various State Department addresses.
    [Digital Method] Do the ZIP file idea, but also rig the package with a Rick Roll video and make it show the document names (but not the contents) and only play the Rick Roll when the ZIP file is opened.
    How does this sound?

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