Jan 172011
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

This past week, it was reported that a former employee of a Swiss bank passed along discs containing information for a “data-dump” to the now-notorious Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. The discs allegedly have knowledge on hundreds of account holders who have funneled money into the offshore banks to avoid paying taxes.

The dump has yet to hit the net, but the information that may be provided will be more beneficial to reeling in the unethical and often-illegal activities. Some believe past dumps should or should not have been released to the public, opposed to this one, which should garner much support.

The Pentagon’s “cable-dumps,” as they became known, could have the ultimate result of putting lives in danger. The data-dumps simply make the public aware of those corrupting a system for one’s own gain.

The new speculation of dumps will also create a snowball effect of disgruntled employees with inside knowledge and access to unscrupulous records, which can be detrimental to prominent businesses and embarrass those who participate in dishonest practices.

WikiLeaks is opening the door as a mainstream venue of unfiltered access to the disdain.

Traditional routes of blowing the whistle have now become obsolete, as have reporters and fact verification, as well as societal vindication, where retribution is a certainty.

Julian Assange and his platform create a location where this information can be released on a large scale, almost without warning upon its victims. Anonymity and the conviction that Julian Assange will publish anything he receives also will increase that potential for groundbreaking dumps.

The dumping of Swiss banks is good for the freedom of information in America.

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