Tuesday November 30, 2010 12:14 am
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I’m amazed that no-one at the beeb has made the connection between Panorama’s revelations and Wikileaks.
The plain truth is that there can be no case for suppressing evidence of corrupt practice, particularly when the guilty parties are involved in a current decision.
And precisely the same argument applies to the somewhat more serious revelations made by Wikileaks in respect of Governments.
Authoritarians always try to justify their untrammelled surveillance of the citizens while making passionate defences of their own need to operate behind a screen.
This is why more and more of us are coming to understand that while Citizens should retain the right to remain Innocent until Proved Guilty, the only way to ensure true accountability is to introduce the new principle that Authority should be considered Guilty until proved Innocent. That is the real significance of both Wikileaks and Panorama…