The press is a large part of the media. It's my main source for current events.
So, my question is...does the press, with all its freedom and rights, have a responsibility to the government and national security? Or does it have a responsibility to expose all truth to the public. How far can they go? Where is the line drawn?
Defense Secretary Gates says that those documents revealed by WikiLeaks thankfully didn't result in much endangerment of national security. But, the names of the Afghanistan civilians involved with the United States military were revealed. So, who's at fault? Isn't it the government's fault for not being able to keep a better handle on such secrets? The government is responsible for protection of such top-secret information, but it somehow was released to WikiLeaks, and thus to the public.
But when you think about it, is WikiLeaks also at fault? Knowing that what they published could potentially halt the progress of national security in the Middle East and perhaps knowing that this information was classified, did they have a responsibility to the greater good - the protection of the people? Freedom is great. Laws are enforced to ensure equal rights. But at what point does freedom have to be regulated?