If you don’t work for the DNC, perhaps the WikiLeaks dump during the convention didn’t bother you. But If you are a gay man, HIV+ or, simply a compassionate human being, this should frighten you.
The backlash following the reckless Daily Beast article where closeted gay men were outed during the Rio Summer Olympics was immediate and severe. Putting lives at risk for the sake of click-bait journalism got author Nico Hines recalled from Rio. Now WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken it global with dangerous implications.
As CBSNews is reporting:
Scott Long, an LGBT rights activist who has worked in the Middle East, said the names of rape victims were off-limits. And he worried that releasing the names of people persecuted for their sexuality only risked magnifying the harm caused by oppressive officials.
“You’re legitimizing their surveillance, not combating it,” Long said.
WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.
In the past year alone, the radical transparency group has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens while many hundreds more have had sensitive family, financial or identity records posted to the web.
The DailyMail adds:
The number of people affected easily reaches into the hundreds. Paul Dietrich, a transparency activist, said a partial scan of the Saudi cables alone turned up more than 500 passports, identity, academic or employment files.
In two particularly egregious cases, WikiLeaks named teenage rape victims. In a third case, the site published the name of a Saudi citizen arrested for being gay, an extraordinary move given that homosexuality is punishable by death in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom.
But that’s happening to them. Over there. Why the alarm Chicken Little? And just for the record, I haven’t been chicken for a long time. As the Alt-Right in America continues to raise their voices & mount insane conspiracy theories as their power diminishes before their eyes, don’t forget whose hate for the Clinton’s has led him to advance their cause.
And for the rest of us, what happens if we got sick across the pond? What if some deranged TSA guard was told to be on the lookout for HIV medications?
It’s not how potentially dangerous in scope this particular data dump is; it’s the idea and total lack of humanity behind it that could give others ideas. Bad ones. And dangerous. And there’s plenty of them out there.
Stay safe. Be aware. And for G-d sakes, make sure those you pull the lever for on Election Day are for someone who has our backs.
And now, back to our regualrly scheduled pornography.