Bandar El-Eita started the topic Is the WikiLeaks Saga ultimately a step forward or backwards for government transparency… in the forum Forum Discussions 9 years, 6 months ago
Govloop is an amazing community, one in which leaders from government come together and talk about improving government services, creating a culture of transparency and accountability and communicating with the public. So this question might be aimed more at those government workers who have not yet “seen the light.”The recent WikiLeaks saga has stirred up quite the hornets nest, and has gotten me to wonder how the average government worker will react. I certainly do not condone the actions taken, but muckraking of this type has repeatedly impacted government time and time again (look no further than watergate)I think most people would agree that the disclosure of classified government documents, can be dangerous and improper. While the Wikileaks folks would say that by bringing out these things to the light of day they are letting the world know about the Governments actions and acting as a whistleblower rather than a dangerous force.Regardless of your position on the actions of WikiLeaks, I wonder how governments will be impacted. Is this an opportunity for those already offput by transparency movements to say “I told you so!” or will some government organizations look at these documents and question their classification? Will a PR lesson be learned or will a reactionary wind take hold?
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