A bit of Wikileaks follow-up

6 Dec

Here’s some more information on the Wikileaks cables issue I ranted about on Friday. I posted it over at SLA Academic because, seriously, if you’re an academic librarian working with a program that trains up future diplomats or analysts, this is something you need to know.

Can I just say how thrilled I am that our government is so dedicated the locking the doors of empty barns that it’s willing to limit itself to hiring only those applicants who’ve proven willing to remain ignorant of material available to analysts in Russia, Iran, and the rest of the world? Or maybe just to those who are willing to pretend that said material is still secret in some way that actually means something.

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2 Responses to “A bit of Wikileaks follow-up”

  1. John Stevens December 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Sadly, LoC, France, and several university programs are all doing the same thing. It’s ridiculous, but if what you want is to implicitly reward blind, unquestioning loyalty and people who will do idiotic, counter-intuitive things on command, then this makes sense. Orwell would have a field day with this!

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  1. Wikileaks: Libraries and librarians respond - Saskatchewan Library Association - December 6, 2010

    […] created to support the government, and is an agency of the US Government. More disconcerting are rumours that universities are also blocking WikiLeaks. The LoC may be obligated by law, but these other […]

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