Saturday, December 18, 2010

Obama's Diplomacy B.W. -Before Wikileaks-

This Huffington story about Assange's WikiLeaks on press and diplomacy is of the best vintage since the "crisis" started!

But first of all this one which hurts, a lot. "Here are the locations that the U.S. State Department sees as key in Japan (marked on the above map):"

"Back in the year 2007, B.W. (Before WikiLeaks), Barack Obama waxed lyrical about government and the internet: "We have to use technology to open up our democracy. It's no coincidence that one of the most secretive administrations in our history has favored special interest and pursued policy that could not stand up to the sunlight."

At that moment he was, of course, busy building an internet framework that would play an important part in his becoming the head of the next administration. Not long after the election, in announcing his "Transparency and Open Government" policy, the president proclaimed: "Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset."

Cut to a few years later. Now that he's defending a reality that doesn't match up to, well, reality, he's suddenly not so keen on the people having a chance to access this "national asset."

More on the Huffington story here:

Waiting for Openleaks

Sources:, Business insider.

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