(CNN) - It appears the website WikiLeaks has few fans in the United States.
A just-released CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll finds 77 percent of Americans disapprove of the online organization's release of thousands of confidential U.S. government documents concerning U.S. diplomatic and military policies. Only 20 percent approved of the action.
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The poll included interviews with 1,008 adult Americans conducted by telephone on December 17-19. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
I seem to remember in the Bush years that these kinds of leaks were heralded and encouraged by the likes of the New York Times and the Washington Post. Is dissent not patriotic anymore?
Which pretty much lines up with the 23% of the leftist progressive loons in the US that hate the country. Personally, I'd love to see this clown thrown in US jails for espionage.
This recent document dump by Wiki leaks didn't have enough to rais our eyebrows so now he just appears to be an annoying nuisance
77 percent might disapprove because of the lies and proganda most networks do to discredit wkileaks. ask the survey question is it ok to expose ANY (not particularly the US) goventment or corporation wrong doing and i would think the percentage would be high, atleast in the 90's. wikileaks doesnt have fans it has supporters of its cause. the cause of exposing the wrong doings of big organizations. when you have money,power you want to protect it.
Given that they have compromised how the US can act with allies and interested parties, I don't like Wikileaks either. They have put hundreds, if not more, of peoples lives in danger. Yes, I would like the government to be more open in how they do things, but in order to make sure that the people on the ground can best inform the leadership, their unvarnished remarks must be passed along. Now our diplomats must be more guarded with what they say.
What we haven't seen is a series of leaks put out about Iran, North Korea and Russia. Let's see what they have to hid in their records... Oh, that's right, because they are dictatorships (or close to it with Russia), the don't have to care about the public understanding or rule of law. The people and Wikileaks don't care about people or the law. All they want to do is make a splash and be famous when they aren't (possibly) fondling and groping people.
Assange is slightly more popular than Palin though he has done much less damage to America.
your survey included no 18-34 year olds... bad research CNN
All this new found transparency is going to be the death of us all. Freedom of speech is not free and ultimately someone has to pay the fiddler. Who will it be ?
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wants Assange put to death, but pardoned sex offenders and murderers when he was governor.
Gee, that couldn't POSSIBLY have anything to do with the way this whole story was reported in the media, could it?
Any surprise here? We're happy to comply to any direction given to us by our government without question. Our forefathers would leave this country and start a new one...again. Guaranteed. As far as I can see, the Peasants and Commoners of the USA (those terms for workers are still occasionally these days in a professional manner, particularly Employee Death Insurance...it was called Dead Peasant Insurance until a few years ago) have a certain place in Soceity and it's certainly not the Freedom to work hard and make tons of money. That Right was reserved by bootleggers and war profiteers years ago and now the rest of us can just deal with competition against folks like Wal-Mart and McDonald's. The fact that we have been trained for the 9-5 job and to not question authority since Kindergarden should be a much better signifier of US support of Wikileaks, and not what Wikileaks actually does or says. Simply put, we're Cattle for Consumption...bred that way...and we're so good at it, that the thought of our Dearest Wal-Mart with all their Rollbacks couldn't POSSIBLY be bending us over for the rest of Human History...however long that will be. With the way Society is going now, I doubt the US will see the next Millenium in lieu of Nuclear War where the rest of the world gets to join in our demise. Not that corporations care. People come and go like sand but Corporations will be here, raping our creativity, will, wallets, and governments, forever...unless Nuclear War kicks up. Then we're all screwed anyway. Power corrupts. Absolute Power absolutely corrupts.
Although I agree that WikiLeaks should not have release the confidential documents, the seizure of their assets is an outrageous violation of international law. When is the last time the CEO of CBS had his assets frozen and was treated like a terrorist? The US has become a nation of legal cowards. If we are going to charge someone, charge them and fight it out in court. If we think someone violated US or international law, charge them and prosecute them. Let's use our freedom to combat injustice.
77% of American's dislike the freedom of information.
I hear China's nice this time of year, could try living there for a bit.