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Wikileaks' attitude to secrets is dangerous

I'm not sure it is a good idea for Wikileaks to have released a massive amount of top-secret material (News, November 29).

By doing this they are implicitly saying, 'There is nothing that should remain secret. Everything should be available to the public.'

This is dangerous thinking. It assumes the public have the knowledge, understanding and sense to treat the leaks appropriately.

Some things in life need to be kept secret - even in government. A country and its government is like the brain of the society that they represent.

The communiques sent, the e-mails, electronic and other communications that pass within the confines of that government, are equivalent to the neurons firing, to the brain thinking.

No one likes people accessing their thoughts.

Thoughts are your innermost musings that, unless you want them out in the public domain, should remain secret.

If I thought that one of my friends had put on weight and her bum really did look big in that, or that the burly bloke at the bar was a bit of a prat for trying to chat up the barmaid, then these are thoughts that should and do remain private, for my own safety, and for the benefit of those involved. With Wikileaks, the brains of societies are being laid bare.

This can certainly be beneficial when human rights are at stake.

But it does not follow that all leaks are good leaks. I don't think we do have the right to know everything.


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