WikiLeaks 1 (letter)by Dr Christopher J. WardNews Weekly
, February 19, 2011
I notice that News Weekly
(December 25, 2010) published a letter by the distinguished Australian academic Dr Philip Ayres in which he expressed his support for Julian Assange, the Australian citizen now in the UK, who is allegedly behind the WikiLeaks affair.
I'm not sure what Dr Ayres' motives are, but it puts him in the elite company of such worthies as UK-based Australian legal windbag Geoffrey Robertson QC, Australian-born truth-bender John Pilger, the American anarchist Noam Chomsky, docudrama-maker Michael Moore and none other than David Hicks, to name but a few.
Quite clearly, Dr Ayres could have chosen better company.
However, I was more impressed by the words of another notable Australian and former parliamentarian, Peter Coleman, writing in the Australian edition of The Spectator
(December 19, 2010).
He said: "Laurie Oakes says any journalist worth his salt will break stories based on stolen leaks.
"Really? Are there no limits? Should a journalist earn his salt by helping terrorists kill informants? By giving them lists of concealed centres essential to national security? By undermining crucial diplomatic negotiations?"
The right of government to act in the national interest, without having details splashed across the pages of the popular press, is undeniable - or have we reached the stage where nothing can be ruled to be withheld in the national interest?Dr Christopher J. Ward,