UN Press Freedom Day announcement made as WikiLeaks' founder is jailed
December 9, 2010
On the very day WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange was arrested, the U.S. Department of State -- which is waging all-out legal, PR and cyberwar against WikiLeaks for releasing its private cables -- announced it is pleased to host UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day in 2011.
The three-day celebration in may will pay tribute to new media that have made it possible for repressed people around the world to express their opinions and make public information their oppressive governments tried to keep secret.
Meanwhile, the guy who released the Pentagon Papers draws a direct, flattering parallel between his case and that of WikiLeaks, and an online hacktivist group called Anonymous maintained DDOS attacks on MasterCard and Visa to protest their withdrawal from participation in WikiLeaks' fund-raising efforts.
Luckily there isn't a passionate group of free-speech-loving Web-site owners and journalists out there pointing out the irony or hinting that the eat-your-cake and keep-it-secret-too stance of the State Department might be a touch hypocritical.
Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.