The real gun smoking in the WikiLeaks leaks

Eben Harrell drops an irony on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: “Little is known about his life: he has refused to confirm his age in interviews or give a fixed address.”

Come-come, Julian.  Tell us about yourself.   Your organization is blasting a thumb-drive full of 250,000 confidential State Department cables across the internet, possibly damaging US relations while revealing no genuine scandals (if anything, we see our foreign service officers earning every cent of their measly government paychecks).   If all secrets are bad and if all officials are nefarious and if everyone must know everything, then don’t hold back.  Scream every clandestine thought.  Spill the details on your attorney-client conversations as you face those sexual assault charges from Sweden.

Assange and his WikiLeaks volunteer partners seem to be practical anarchists: Governments are invariably wicked; their officials are always sinister; any secrecy involves a cover-up endangering freedom. It never crosses their algorithm-filled minds that we need diligent, wise confidentiality and that the answer to bad government is good government, not no government.   Holy Writ and theological precedent are probably off their grids, but Christian teaching has always seen a role for the State, with Romans 13:1 serving as the (knotty) launching pad for later public theology: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except for that which God has established …”

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