Originally Posted by Cantando
Some people seem to revel in turning over every stone in the hope of finding some juicy morsel of scandal.
If people elect representatives to form a government, it is a given they should be entrusted to act in the people's best interests and take care of national security.
I can't see much point in thousands of emails (if that is the case) being released to the general public as they can be interpreted in as many different ways.
Personally, it doesn't surprise me that Saudi might have wanted to go to war with Iran. But, why is it so important or necessary that such a piece of information should come out?
The desire to have all information made public reeks of obsession and ♥♥♥♥♥ stirring, imo. Each sovereign state is entitled to have its own national security policy, and elected leaders should be given some trust to get on with it.
In the same way, if you are a parent, there are things you would discuss with your partner but not with your children; there are things you would discuss with your children but not with your neighbour; there are things you would discuss with your child's teacher but not with your child; there are things you would discuss with your mother but not with your partner.
In this information-sharing obsessed age, it seems to be a God given right to media nosey parkers that everyone must know everything about everyone else.
The next thing, we’ll be having Google cameras in our bedrooms, in the interest of free, open information for all!
Give us a break.
Open government is important for accountability. I am not a child and the British government are not my parents. Fundamentally, I don't agree with what the Wikileaks person is up to, especially when the "leaks" are about personal lives, but when I read that the British government agreed to protect US interests over the torturing of prisoners of war, I'm horrified. They are accountable to us, as their electors. They work for us, not the other way around. This is why we've had civil wars and protests. Do you agree with torture? Do you think people who sanction it should be protected? I don't and I don't want any government that does. Nor do I want a government who allows business interest to influence policy at the expense of human rights. Maybe it could be you, or your brother/sister/mother/son/daughter being waterboarded. Maybe it's you paying extortionate bank charges with no recourse. How would you feel then? The government are like parents.....nonsense.