NZZ am Sonntag, Switzerland
Global Times, People's
Republic of China
Highlights China's Need for 'Information Defense'
the lesson of WikiLeaks' unprecedented release of classified U.S. diplomatic communications?
Beyond the question of whether the U.S. is really behind the leak, this
editorial from China's state-run Global Times asserts that if such a leak were
to strike a country like China, it would 'severely damage social stability', as
it would be 'unable to handle the release of so much sensitive data.'
December 1, 2010
People's Republic of China - Global Times -
Original Article (English)
WikiLeaks, a Sweden-based
Internet company, has been showered with attention since exposing even more
highly confidential material on U.S. diplomacy with other countries.
Embarrassing the world's most
powerful country appears to have brought WikiLeaks praise and applause. But when
one takes a closer look at the Web site, questions are raised. How long such a
site, which is committed to whistle-blowing on the U.S. government, be
Since this summer, WikiLeaks has
embarrassed Uncle Sam several times. In July it released some 90,000 documents
on the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. This week, and additional 250,000 U.S.
diplomatic cables were made public, creating a "9/11 of world diplomacy."
It's worth noticing that most
of the material that has been exposed is sensational in nature. Yet the
negative effects of releasing this information can fairly easily be mitigated with
some remedial work.
The U.S. State Department has
condemned the WikiLeaks release, which only seems to have raised the site's credibility.
WikiLeaks claims that it has a large number of volunteers working around the
world with access to confidential information. The powerful and ubiquitous Central
Intelligence Agency has been unable to identify the source of the sudden leak
of diplomatic secrets. All of this sounds more-or-less unconvincing. Despite
his high public profile, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is still on
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Is there some tacit
understanding between the Web site and the U.S. government? This may be a
question worth asking. And what does it mean to other nations that are on WikiLeaks'
If given carte blanche
to do so, once WikiLeaks sets its sights on other countries, the fallout could
be extreme. Leaked information could severely damage the social stability of
nations which are unable to handle the release of so much sensitive data.
As it is, every country is
engulfed by an information tsunami and the capacity of countries to control and
absorb it varies. At the moment, developed countries, particularly the United
States, dominate the global flow of information.
Countries like China, despite
their rising status in the information world, must have a line of defense
against hurtful information campaigns.