The Public has the Right to Know What’s Going On…
By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat / Staff Writer
“Saudi Arabia is funding terrorism …China blocking Google…Pakistan is backing up Taliban …The American military is keeping Saddam’s legacy of brutality alive in Iraq”….
…. This is some of the tidal wave of secret documents unleashed by the whistleblower site WikiLeaks … they even got Sarah Palin`s email account content. Julian Assange, the founder of the website and the man responsible for all the disclosures is now hiding in undisclosed location in England awaiting an arrest warrant.
Although WikiLeaks has managed to hit the mainstream, still, something remains odd about it, something doesn’t feel right. I personally believe that the public has the right to know. But I also think that the individuals should have the right to know what kind of information that’s being revealed to them.
- Is it useful or worthless information?
- Are they true revelations… or deliberate leaks?
- Who decides what to release and when?
- Is the disclosure of the information in the public interest?
- Is it serving somebody’s hidden agenda?
- Has the released information made any difference …has it changed things to the better?
- What can an ordinary man do with what is supposed to be government classified information?
- Is the information been disclosed to sway the public opinion or to expose the backstage policies in the world?
- Is it all about the truth?
- Is it about stolen goods?
- Or is it all about Assange?
- Who are behind WikiLeaks? Are they the cyber crusaders or cyber frauds?
- Is it WikiLeaks or is it wicked-leaks?
So far, a lot of politicians and governments refrain from commenting on the released data. The American government branded the leak of more than a quarter-million classified files an attack on the United States and raised the prospect of criminal prosecution against the online site WikiLeaks.
Prospective employees all over the US are being warned not to access the WikiLeaks website or it will jeopardize their chances of getting a job with the Federal Government. State Department employees are also being told not to access the WikiLeaks website from work or at home. The site, itself has been blocked at the Department of State.
WikiLeaks could be the new school of journalism or it could turn out be a front to some covert agency for that matter. But one thing is certain about wikiLeaks, it has shown us that nobody knows the whole truth.
Ashraf Ezzat is an Egyptian born in Cairo and based in Alexandria. He graduated from the faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University.
Keen not to be entirely consumed by the medical profession, Dr. Ezzat invests a lot of his time in research and writing. History of the ancient Near East and of Ancient Egypt has long been an area of special interest to him.
In his writings, he approaches ancient history not as some tales from the remote times but as a causative factor in our existing life; and to him, it’s as relevant and vibrant as the current moment.
In his research and writings, Dr. Ezzat is always on a quest trying to find out why the ancient wisdom had been obstructed and ancient spirituality diminished whereas the Judeo-Christian teachings and faith took hold and prospered.
Dr. Ezzat has written extensively in Arabic tackling many issues and topics in the field of Egyptology and comparative religion. He is the author of Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites.
In 2013 his short The Pyramids: story of creation was screened at many international film festivals in Europe. And he is working now on his first documentary “Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites”.