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How WikiLeaks Revelations Affect CCR Cases and Advocacy Work

Despite criminal investigations by the United States and other governments into the release of thousands of classified United States files and military documents by Wikileaks in July 2010, it is not clear that media organizations like Wikileaks can be prosecuted in the U.S. in light of First Amendment. Outraged politicians are claiming that the release of government information is the criminal equivalent of terrorism and puts innocent people’s lives at risk. Many of those same politicians authorized the modern equivalent of carpet bombing of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, the sacrifice of thousands of lives of soldiers and civilians and drone assaults on civilian areas in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. Their anger at a document dump, no matter how extensive, is more than a little suspect.

Information about government contributes to a healthy democracy. Transparency and accountability are essential elements of good government. Wikileaks has the potential to make transparency and accountability more robust in the US. That is good for democracy.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) believes that the U.S. has been going in the wrong direction for years by classifying millions of documents as secrets. Wikileaks and other media which report these so called secrets will embarrass people yes. Wikileaks and other media will make leaders uncomfortable yes. But embarrassment and discomfort are small prices to pay for a healthier democracy.

On this page you can find information on how WikiLeaks revelations affect CCR’s cases and advocacy work, and see new relevant documents as they to come to light.

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Read the whole article analyzing the WikiLeaks' revelations here: http://ccrjustice.org/wikileaks

Linkback: http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/-wikileaks-related-news/23/how-wikileaks-revelations-affect-ccr-cases-and-advocacy-work/13240/


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