This blog has been in abeyance for some time, owing to pressure of other things, but the enforced idleness imposed by the snow, plus a couple of recent events, have triggered the desire to blog again.
I must confess to feeling somewhat ambivalent about the Wikileaks business. I know I would be very put out if, e.g., our Vestry felt it could not fly kites in private, for fear of being quoted out of context. When I was a line manager (horrible phrase), I took care not to make proposals known to colleagues until they were mature (the proposals, that is). I was determined that half-baked or provisional or adventurous ideas would not become the stuff of rumour and paranoia.
Confidentiality is even more defensible when large diplomatic or security issues are at stake, and when lives may even be put at risk.
Having said that, my anarchist streak makes me have a sneaking sympathy with Julian Assange, even allowing for the fact that he is probably carrying on a vindictive vendetta against the US. There is too much being done in our name that is being kept secret from us.
Nevertheless, the most valuable revelations of the last few years (e.g., abuse of civilians in Iraq) have become public knowledge through the efforts of investigative journalism, which ultimately works under some sort of accountability, however tenuous. To whom is JA accountable?