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WikiLeaks

This is the third time I’ve started composing a blog entry on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks – to say that I am ambivalent would be a serious understatement. The far left is ready to canonize him and the far right is ready to hang him (and may ultimately succeed, figuratively If not literally).
I have no great wisdom to offer. I have only questions.
  • What is the ultimate goal of international diplomacy?
  • How should we engage regimes with values antithetical to our own?
  • When – in international relations or in interpersonal relations – is confidentiality necessary?
  • When does confidentiality become deceit?
  • When is breaking a confidence justified?
  • What’s the difference between news and gossip?
  • Who gets to decide?
  • And finally, was anyone genuinely shocked by what was revealed?
This is not a Socratic exercise – I’m not trying to lead you to any conclusions with these questions… mostly because I don’t know what conclusions I’d want to lead you to.
But these are questions that need to be asked, and answered.
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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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