With the media firestorm created by the content of WikiLeaks' release of US diplomatic cables, a corresponding debate over the future of diplomacy and the prevention of other leaks has also taken place. While many commentators agree that the cables have portrayed the US foreign service in a positive light, others argue that the potential for future leaks will make diplomacy more secretive, and ultimately less effective.
Mr. Heinbecker is the inaugural Director of the Laurier University Centre for Global Relations and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), both in Waterloo, Ontario.
He writes extensively for the print media in Canada and abroad and comments frequently in electronic media on international relations, especially as regards Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, Afghanistan, arms control and disarmament and United Nations reform. He teaches a course on Canadian foreign policy at Laurier and lectures at universities and other institutions in Canada and abroad.
Andrew Hunt is an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Mark J. McArdle is a seasoned technology executive, with over 18 years of technical experience in some of the best brands in Technology. He has worked at MKS, Open Text, PGP and McAfee. Mark is now CEO of tinyHippos.
Geoffrey Stevens is a journalist, author and teacher. He has been the Ottawa columnist, managing editor of the Globe and Mail, Ottawa correspondent for Time magazine, and managing editor of Maclean's magazine.
Mark McArdle, CEO of tinyHippos, and CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker discuss the differences between Wikileaks' Julian Assange and famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. McArdle and Heinbecker agree that unlike the Pentagon Papers, the WikiLeaks cables represent an "indiscriminate" leaking of information. "Ellsberg went out on a limb, because he saw something that fundamentally bothered him," says McArdle.
Secret documents detailing the U.S. role in Indochina from World War II to 1968. The U.S. Defense Department commissioned the study; a project associate, Daniel Ellsberg, who was opposed to U.S. participation in the Vietnam War, leaked details of the documents to the press. In June 1971 The New York Times began publishing articles based on the study. The U.S. Justice Department, citing national security, obtained a temporary court order halting publication. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government had failed to justify restraint of publication, and the documents were published widely, fueling debate over the country's Vietnam policy.
Here you have a canadian asking the right question and panel refuses to understand, no honesty is what the canadian honest audience you, who are on the panel are the major problem. Secrets starts with secret police ends with secrets so honesty is the best policy unfortunately we are surrounded by liars!
Where did you find this dinisaur heinbecker you can not see the path ahead if your standing behind the dinosasaur! Lies need more lies until you can not live with outlies. These canadians are ignorant< protecting the shit!
These canadians are bought and sold by american media waste of time!stuck on stupid canadians stuck on americans shame for me!a canadian who knows the difference between canada and violent usa and no difference is found mark an idiot!
ANDREW HUNT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT ELLISBERG, A MIND A JEWISH MIND WITH OTHERS LIKE HIM; NOAM CHOMSKY HOWARD ZINN AND DERSHOWITZ, all attended the same ZIONIST CAMP FOR SUMMERS.ALL CAME FROM JEWISH IDEOLOGY. I am their age I know!
HEINBECKER a REAL GERMAN NAZI MENTALITY, TYPICAL GERMAN CANADIAN JULIAN DOES EXPOSE COMMUNIST CHINA PAUL HEINBECKER IS AN IDIOT WE ARE ALL A LITTLE MORE DUMBER THAN before for An IDIOT WHO THINKS HE IS SMARTER THAN YOU! HORSE POOP:HE IS THE MOST IGNORANT MAN THERE. next! REGAN THE BUTCHER OF NICARAGUA, INSANE HOW THESE CANADIANS LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF THE BEAST, USA. SHAME ON MY CANADIANS, full of AMERICAN POOP.Canadians have never learned to make decisions, think about it! the CANADIAN CHANT SHAME tell me when I should burn my CANADIAN PASSPORT!SHAME!
secrets are evil and that dishonesty is dismissed mark is a typical corporate ass hole!
THANKS fora TV FOR YOUR PRESENTATION I ENJOY THE Canadian English and Mark is an insult to THE Canadian difference between Usa and Canada;
Mark you are useless liar & TECH FREAK WITH NO HUMANITY!
SECRETS ARE TO HIDE SHIT YOU DO NOT WANT OTHERS TO KNOW IN A COMMUNITY OF HONESTY THERE IS NO ROOM FOR BULLSHIT! YOU ALL HAVE NO PRINCIPLES. YOU LIVE BY GREED NOT BY PRINCIPLE.
I did not like this talk at all. Julian Assange and Wikileaks have transformed journalism for the better. They are exposing abuses that are committed by governments and corporations. Governments and corporations do not have a right to abuse their power and hide these abuses under the cloak of national security. If they commit abuses, they need to understand that there will be consequences. The world is watching!! These guys on the panel are haters of democracy, they support these nepharious activities that governament and corporations get away with due to lack of transparency. and commit these crimes in our name. Wikileaks is as good as the leaks. They are the publisher of last resort. The leaks are coming from good, patriotic Americans who are terriblly concerned with the dirction this country is going, and they are trying to do something about it. This panel is defending the indefensible. The military was trading "dancing boys" to Afghan criminals for cooperation, Pfiser was using poor sick African childern to do medical research on. These are the kinds of abuses that Wikileaks and the heroic Julian Assange are exposing. They need to be supported and defended. This panel is a disgraceful bunch of old, worn-out fools. "TRUTH WILL OUT!"
Also, why is it relevant if Ellsburg and Assange are alike or different? More relevant might be what the times are like now regarding freedom of speech, government secrecy, torture etc now versus the early 70's.
It should be noted that Ellsburg was on a public speaking tour last year to support Wikileaks and defend his friend, Assange. You can find video's of that here on Fora.
Wikileaks is the one drop of hope in a corporately controlled, government influenced media to get the truth out when it matters. Not every leak may be as significant, eg the recent 'cables' were fairly harmless and just pointed out what most people already knew except fully documented. Yet the US government and any threatened corporations desperately wants to take the hardest line possible against Assange. Why don't we talk about why corporations and governments being afraid of Wikileaks could be beneficial to US and Canadian citizens and global human rights.
Bradley Manning is a political prisoner but you wont read that in any mainstream news in North America. If you watched the 'Collateral Murder' video of the helicopter gunship mowing down innocent people including Reuters reporters, a man trying to help them and his children with 50 caliber anti-tank bullets how could you in good conscience ignore it. People deserve to know about the dark-side of war.
If Manning did leak the documents and video to Wikileaks, they had the obligation to redact and publish that information in co-operation with many respected news organizations. If they didn't publish it, their sources are putting themselves at risk for no reason.
Maybe it takes someone with a big ego that likes attention and cameras to have the balls to run a media outlet like Wikileaks. Who cares about Assanges personal affairs, they don't deserve any attention but that's what people love hearing about and the media encourages it.
Maybe we should ask why the governments and corporations are so afraid of Wikileaks instead of worrying so much about any possible negative outcome of leaking documents. Even if Wikileaks releases documents showing that Bank of America is scamming their customers and involved in illegal activities... how is that different than all the revelations of the cause of the recession. The only banker in jail since 2007 is Madoff and that's just because he ripped off rich and powerful people.