Ecuador is pulling the plug on Julian Assange’s Internet connection in an attempt to stay out of U.S. electoral processes. Assange is the founder of Wiki Leaks, an organization dedicated to exposing the inner workings of governments and other powerful institutions. The program pioneered the concept of open government but has now gone off the rails in a way that damages the global transparency movement.
Even Edward Snowden spoke out against WikiLeaks.“Democratizing information has never been more vital, and Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake,” said Mr. Snowden in June Twitter message.
In this era where information is digitalized and hackers run rampant, deception in international politics has become commonplace. I’m glad Ecuador took a step to limit the destructive nature of one influential man in particular. The question still remains of to what extent America should support the freedom of speech.
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