06 Dec Short thoughts on #cablegate
I wrote a piece about #cablegate last week in the context of open government. Since then I’ve read and thought about it much more, and my view hasn’t changed.
Here in Australia, the response from the media and politicians is largely as vacant of substance as it has been elsewhere. Though here in Australia, there’s an additional point of context that bothers me more than anything else.
The rhetoric from the PM and AG is especially worrying. The Australian government has a duty to express concern for and protect any Australian citizen at risk overseas, whether or not they agree with what they’ve done. Talk of Julian Assange being “not welcome in Australia” and cancelling his passport, let alone the PM declaring his actions “illegal” are nastily off beam. They represent a worldview that unsurprisingly can’t conceive of a paradigm where a small group (dare I say oligarchy?) is the controlling force.
Until Assange (who bugs me no end, sometimes) is actually charged somewhere (anywhere) with a crime related to the work Wikileaks does, talk like that is dangerous indeed.
On the off chance others have missed them, there’s been some excellent coverage in several media including The Drum (Loewenstein’s piece especially), The Economist and The Atlantic. Do yourself a favor and read them for context on this matter.