Library of Congress Blocks Wikileaks: Wikileaks Gift To History?
Library of Congress Blocks Wikileaks: Why Julian Assange, Wikileaks And Bradley Manning Have Given A Gift To History
It seems the United States Library of Congress has blocked Wikileaks, this according to a report from Gawker, quoting anonymous sources and an error message that appears when users with the Library of Congress network try to access Wikileaks.
The error message reportedly reads:
Ad or Website blocked by LC DNSBH. Advertisements or websites that may be malicious are blocked.
If this message appears in lieu of an advertisement (i.e., on part of the page), the advertisement site may be malicious. However the website is safe to use.
If this message appears on a page by itself, the website is blocked due to potential malicious content.
More information - LC IT Security
Gawker says it is trying to find out exactly what is going but this just the latest move in the campaign to shut down Wikileaks, founded by Australian developer and journalist, Julian Assange.
Located in Washington, D.C, The Library of Congress is a part of the legislative branch of the U.S. Government. It is used by researchers, academics and government workers.
An agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government, the Library includes several internal divisions (or service units), including the Office of the Librarian, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Copyright Office, Law Library of Congress, Library Services, and the Office of Strategic Initiatives.
Wikileaks: Julian Assange's Gift To History?
If you have been following the Julian Assange wiki story then you may well have an opinion on the Wikileaks founder and the alleged source of all the Wikileaks, Bradley Manning - a former soldier in the U.S. Military.
While some label Julian Assange and terrorist, and Wikileaks a terrorist website, others say Julian Assange is a dupe of the U.S. government. Meanwhile, Julian Assange is a wanted man, as Interpol added him to the wanted list on behalf of the Swedish police where is wanted on alleged sexual molestation charges... charges Assange denies.
In the heat of a minute-by-minute news cycle there is something critical that should be mentioned; Julian Assange and Wikileaks by releasing the millions of classified documents have given a gift to history, particularly to the study of history.
Though I am not a historian by training I suspect that the hundreds of thousands of documents published by Wikileaks will be a bonanza to those who study, political, diplomatic, and military history.
Primary source documents like the hundreds of thousands Wikileaks surely must be historical gold?
As the immediate charges of espionage and treason play out the historical impact of Wikileaks is not getting the attention it deserves. Indeed, the most significant impact of Wikileaks may not be the short term issues grabbing all the headlines but the rare window Julian Assange and Wikileaks have offerred to the public: The window that Wikileaks is asking people to look through has to with the practice of government - should governments keep secrets from their citizens? Can governments function by being completely transparent?
These are vital questions that democracies must grapple with in the age of instant access information.