Fashioning Limits to Transparency

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If you find it fascinating that the Swedes see Snowdon as  deserving a high level human rights award and several standing ovations in their parliament, while Obama calls Snowdon a traitor, I have a gift for you.  If you are fascinated by the disdain held by WikiLeaks for those who released and are still releasing the Snowdon documents on the grounds that those Snowdon trusted are cautious about  protecting information in his materials that might endanger specific people, I have a gift for you.

The gift is pointing you to The Interept, and especially to the work of Glenn Greenwald at that site. Greenwald, the primary voicebox for the Snowdon materials, explains to my satisfaction at least the limits to transparency.  These limits, like any limits, lack the purity of unlimiteed exposure of anything that is the case.  But they honor the right of the public to have information it requires to function as a thoughtful democracy, while protecting the privacy of those caught in the web of communication who might lose their  lives or livelihood as a result of the kind of information dump preferred by WikiLeaks.

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