9th December 2010
Wikileaks has reduced Australian security
Despite whatever Julian Assange may think (and he appears to have delusions of grandeur, sitting in judgement – without any authorisation from the people – about what is good for the world and what is not) he has harmed the security of many Western nations, particularly of Australia.
His actions have reduced the level of trust between Australia and US (Kevin Rudd has been put into a difficult situation with regard to USA).
His actions have damaged relations between Australia and China (by disclosing Kevin Rudd's views re: China).
It will take years, if not decades to repair these relationships. It puts Australia in a truly difficult situation.
And other harm just adds to the damage caused:
- US is now shifting many of its diplomats to avoid embarrassing relationships, thus significantly losing corporate knowledge and relationships which take years to build.
- There is going to be SIGNIFICANTLY reduced information-sharing within the Western world for fear that it may be leaked.
- Information on vital assets is now widely known, including to terrorists. This is perhaps the least important, but there are other things as well in the leaks that may disclose gaps in information or confirm uncertain information to enemies/terrorists. That is all in really bad form.
Citizens of the world are now far less secure than they were before the latest sage of Wikileaks. Julian Assange has undoubtedly caused far more harm than any good that might have come out of this. I am unable to count a SINGLE good thing that has come out of his recent mindless disclosures.
I reaffirm my view that I'm comfortable for Wikileaks to be shut down in its current form. We can't afford idealist lunatics like Assange. They are bulls in a china shop – destroying years of hard work without any knowledge of what they are doing.