This week WikiLeaks published over 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server which pertain to the Iraq War. The whistleblowing site released these emails in the midst of the FBI wrapping up their investigation of the Democratic nominee. Despite the leak, the FBI Director suggested no charges held against Clinton.
Clinton has been under investigation for using her private, unclassified email, to discuss classified government information. The candidate ran and won over the hearts of Americans, despite denying email exchanges that have been proven to exist. FBI Director Comey says the lack of charges on Clinton are due to a lack of “intent to break the law.”
WikiLeaks just released over 1,000 of Clinton’s emails in order to let the people make their own decision. And here Clinton is, at the helm of the Democratic party, proven to have lied, and justice is nowhere to be seen. This is something that whistleblowing tries to and can change– when we give it value.
WikiLeaks has been notorious for its whistleblowing ever since its founder, Julian Assange, established the site in 2006. The site dedicates itself to revealing news, confidential government files, and media that it feels the people deserve to know. However, both the site and Assange have found themselves in the midst of controversy,
Many accuse whistleblowers like Assange of “playing God.” Who are they to decide what people should and shouldn’t know, people argue. However, why would a site that “plays God” seem to play into Clinton’s recent defense? As stated, Clinton’s investigation is just ending, after a year, so, one can’t help but wonder-– why now, WikiLeaks? It seems to have coincided the release of this information with the FBI’s announcement, instead of coming out before it.
I am not implying that this is government-corrupted whistleblowing, but will we live in a scary, future world where whistleblowing is ignored? A world where uncensored information does not stop the government from doing what it wants. If we ignore whistleblowing– if we ignore the blatant, unasked-for truth – we lose our power to regulate our own government. Whistleblowing is a necessity of democracy, in my opinion. It is our right as citizens to call out our government, and to make them face the music.
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