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Global Times, People's Republic of China
WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to
suggesting that WikiLeaks and the U.S. may have a 'tacit understanding,' this
editorial from China's state-run Global Times warns that no matter who
is behind Julian Assange and his Web Site, countries where the 'tolerance for information' is limited must take precautions against a 'subversive' disclosure of data
similar to last week's release of U.S. diplomatic cables.
Translated By Sarah Chan
December 12, 2010
of China - Global Times - Original Article (Chinese)
The exposure of confidential documents of the United States by WikiLeaks
has shot the Web site to global fame. Its founder, Julian Assange, has been
crowned by the media as the fearless "Robin Hood of hacking." But take a closer look at WikiLeaks and many questionable issues come
to light. One of the biggest question marks is can a Web site that specializes in
"exposing the ugly American" really survive in the West?
In the past, organizations that failed to
"comply" with Western national interests and maintain its secrets would
never be accepted by mainstream Western society. Well-known non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) are all inextricably linked to the administrative authorities.
Non-mainstream NGOs are basically at the edge of society, and not a single one
has had a broad, long-lasting influence.
But the sudden emergence of WikiLeaks has "stung" the United
States several times this year. In July, the site published more than 90,000
documents from the war in Afghanistan, and recently, it exposed 250,000 U.S.
diplomatic cables, which has even been referred to as the "9/11 of global
diplomacy." We note, however, that these "communications"
revealed by WikiLeaks are regarded as either trivial matters or irrelevant
gossip, since the U.S. quickly digested the "negative impact."
The U.S. State Department publicly condemned
WikiLeaks, but that only raised the latter's global visibility. Neither side
have put a fist in the other's heart, and this performance brings people to think
that the two have a tacit understanding.
The Internet is a creation of the United States,
and now all domain name tags and servers are based in the United States.
American companies like Google and Facebook and other American sites influence
the world, yet the U.S. has never suffered any political losses due to the
Internet. What will WikiLeaks do to make the world believe that it's an
WikiLeaks claims that they have a large number of "volunteers"
around the world that can obtain and make more files available. However, the Web site got hold of hundreds of thousands of "confidential
documents" from the world's leading intelligence superpower all at once,
and the CIA only managed to catch a 23-year-old private [Bradley
Manning]. This is a tale that has left many people in the intelligence
community saying that it all sounds "like a myth."
It would be rather rash to assert that the U.S. government staged this
"masochistic plan" with WikiLeaks. But given its lucky access to "confidential"
U.S. documents and its sudden popularity, it's necessary for a country like
China to take precautions.
Given that it emerged from its own soil,
perhaps mature Western society has a natural immunity toward WikiLeaks and
can overcome the initial trouble it has brought and turn WikiLeaks to its
advantage. In the future, those who will face the greatest challenges from
WikiLeaks will be non-Western countries with lesser degrees of social
tolerance. If the authority of WikiLeaks has been established after triggering
nothing but banter in the West, it may now "decrypt" files that are
truly subversive in the non-Western world, and undermine countries regarded as
the real enemies.
SEE ALSO ON THIS:
Global Times, China:
WikiLeaks Highlights China's Need for 'Information Defense'
Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'
Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?
Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists
El País, Spain:
Nuance of U.S. Displeasure
with Spain Government
El País, Spain:
Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead
Urges U.S. Attack on Iran
Erdogan Needs 'Anger Management' Over U.S. Cables
Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia:
WikiLeaks Reveals 'Feeling, Flawed' Human Beings
Frontier Post, Pakistan:
WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World
WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy
Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina:
Would Be Chaos
WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'
El Universal, Mexico:
WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking
Toronto Star, Canada:
WikiLeaks Dump Reveals
Seamy Side of Diplomacy
WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points
Leaked Cables Reveal China is
'Ready to Abandon' North Korea
American Cables Prove Turkish
Claims on Missile Defense False
The Nation, Pakistan:
WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy
WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad
'Russia Will be Guided by
Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'
Job of Media is Not
to Protect Powerful
Wild Parties' Says Berlusconi
In earlier media reports on the launch of the site, Assange wrote a
letter to potential investors saying that, "the main targets of the project will
be despotic regimes in Russia, China and Central Asia." Hopefully he was
speaking only "casually" to obtain money.
Posted by WORLDMEETS.US
The globalization of information is engulfing
every corner of the world. But the tolerance for and capacity to control information
varies from country to country. The West, particularly the United States, is
situated at the commanding heights, exercising absolute control of the flow of
communications and information. With reform and opening up, China's place in
the world of information has been improving, but it still is in a relatively weak
position. So first, we must "fortify the country" in the face of the
West's powerful information capabilities; and second, we must continue to boost
our information and communication capabilities with continuous reforms and
opening up, in order to avoid being a permanent underdog in the era of information
Read a Personal Appeal from
Founder William Kern
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