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Wikileaks – The ‘News’ Press Freedom!

Press has to be responsible – not create chaos, at least that should not be its prime motive. But, at the same time the Press is responsible to bring forth the truth. I cannot understand what Wikileaks does want to achieve?

It is very sad to learn through such Wikileaks, like the one stating… ‘US backstab India as it supports Pakistani Military in turn supporting Lashkar-e-taiba terrorists’ outfit!’ I am sure this statement cannot be substantiated. Is there any basis or a report to cross-check? And, even if it is there – can it be brought out in the open? By doing this, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has not stated well what his motives are? Information dumped to sensationalize public reaction should not be a motive of responsible Press! Such acts create only public dissent of elected governments in affected countries besides creating anarchy.

Take, for instance, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s fears that he might be assassinated or army chief General Ashfaq Paervez Kayani’s considering a coup – both in conversation with the then US ambassador Anne Patterson. That the Army is the true centre of Power in Pakistan is no secret. However, the leaks paint a picture of a civilian leadership so meagre that any attempt by New Delhi to open fresh round of communications with it seems doomed even before a start.

The same applies to other leaks pertaining to whether India vying for UNSC permanent seat. How is that these communications get leaked out and are they not a breach of privacy expected in high administrative circles? These leaks should be stopped in order to avoid its ‘undesirable’ effects!

It makes me wonder, are these unintended or intended effects of Wikileaks??


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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