As the WikiLeaks endless U.S. diplomatic document dump continues, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is battling back calls to resign for a UN espionage scheme, she’s leading the government’s de facto public relations campaign against WikiLeaks and she’s battening down the hatches at the State Department. She is, in effect, in a war against the future the internet is promising to deliver as WikiLeaks incrementally posts all of the 250,000 State Department cables it is alleged to possess. On Wednesday, the internet also attacked her from the past. Web-culture agenda-setting site Boing Boing posted Clinton’s January celebration of internet freedom.
“We are also supporting the development of new tools that enable citizens to exercise their rights of free expression by circumventing politically motivated censorship,” she said. “…Both the American people and nations that censor the internet should understand that our government is committed to helping promote internet freedom. We want to put these tools in the hands of people who will use them to advance democracy and human rights.”
As anyone following the WikiLeaks versus Superpower battle knows, the U.S. government is not only trying to plug the leak, it’s attempting to prevent Americans from reading about and exchanging information with each other about the leak and pressuring businesses to limit access to WikiLeaks. In other words, it’s trying to take the tools out of the hands of people who will use them to advance democracy and human rights!