Coming from the island of secrets – as I sometimes think of Cyprus – the website Wikileaks.org is becoming more and more attractive as a genuine source for stories and transparency in government operations.
One cannot help thinking that secrets and conspiracies have brought Cyprus to the point where it is tied up in more problems than any other country in the region.
Just count the problems our society faces: foreign occupation and cultural division, mistrust between communities, confused national identity, mistrust of foreigners, and those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head.
What if Wikileaks had been around in the early 70’s, when the Greek Junta leaders conspired to trigger a coup in Cyprus? Or in July 1974 when Turkey planned a military invasion of the island?
Speaking as a journalist, I see Wikileaks.org as a genuine source of secret or classified information that could be useful in promoting government transparency and providing grassroots checks and balances on abuses of military power.
Wikileak’s founder Julian Assange is currently fighting accusations of rape and molestation in Sweden. Although the allegations were quickly dropped by the Swedish prosecutor and Assange denies molesting the two Swedish women in any way, there are already over 10,000 news articles about the situation online.
This is the power of Internet media – it provides an international public debate and transparency on every aspect of a story. If the Swedish authorities got it wrong and he was falsely accused, every blogger and journalist online will know it within 24 hours.
As the internet media grow in power, governments, the military and authorities need to take note that they are accountable to millions of online readers and writers.