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Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange the Next Daniel Ellsberg?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/01/12/WikiLeaks_Security_Diplomacy_and_Global_Gossip

Mark McArdle, CEO of tinyHippos, and CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker discuss the differences between Wikileaks’ Julian Assange and famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. McArdle and Heinbecker argue that unlike the Ellsberg’s 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers, the WikiLeaks cables represent an “indiscriminate” leaking of information. “Ellsberg went out on a limb, because he saw something that fundamentally bothered him,” says McArdle.

For related videos, visit WikiLeaks: Security Threat or Media Savior? A FORA.tv Series: http://fora.tv/series/wikileaks

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With the media firestorm created by the content of WikiLeaks’ release of US diplomatic cables, a corresponding debate over the future of diplomacy and the prevention of other leaks has also taken place. While many commentators agree that the cables have portrayed the US foreign service in a positive light, others argue that the potential for future leaks will make diplomacy more secretive, and ultimately less effective. – Centre for International Governance Innovation

Mark J. McArdle is a seasoned technology executive, with over 18 years of technical experience in some of the best brands in Technology. He has worked at MKS, Open Text, PGP and McAfee. Mark is now CEO of tinyHippos.

Mr. Heinbecker is the inaugural Director of the Laurier University Centre for Global Relations and a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), both in Waterloo, Ontario.

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