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October 18, 2013

WikiLeaks: this new WikiLeaks movie is all fictional bullshit

I have neither the inclination nor desire to dig into all the various allegations regarding this WikiLeaks rant against the The Fifth Estate veracity, but there's one section tucked in there among all the rambling that rings true outside the ever swirling vortex of WikiWhatever™ theater and posturing by all involved:

Exposing wrongdoing is what journalists are supposed to do

  • US government officials responded negatively to WikiLeaks because they were embarrassed.
  • They should be embarrassed. WikiLeaks' publications showed that they were doing something wrong.
  • It is not the job of journalists to rescue government officials from embarrassment.
  • It is also not the job of journalists to protect governments from the diplomatic or political consequences of their own wrongdoing.
  • When powerful wrongdoers fear being found out, they are forced to behave more acceptably. That is a good thing.

Those last three bullet points? Pretty hard to argue with those.

I'm looking forward to some WikiLeaking on internal Obamacare implementation documents. Its gonna happen, you know it is. The real internal story of this Obamacare fustercluck's implementation will read like a world class mystery novel...epic technical failures always do. Deceit, treachery, villains, heroes, greed, and lust, they'll all be there in ample supply...

...because 99% of technical failures are actually due to human mechanism failures. Rarely does one encounter a failed project that failed due to actual technical intractability (ex. requiring responses in linear time when scaling up, when calculations will actually take exponential time.)

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