Freedom Of Speech : An Essential Right And Freedom Essay

749 Words Sep 12th, 2015 3 Pages
Freedom of speech is an essential right and freedom guaranteed to the citizens of the United States by the first amendment of the United States Constitution. The right to exercise this freedom, and to what extent, is a debate that has generated considerable discussion between governments, the press, and many international organizations such as WikiLeaks worldwide. In this current technological age of digital information and global social media, there is a growing need to maintain access to sensitive data and to control the release of classified information in relation to National Security, political and cultural affairs between the United States, NATO and NATO allies, and the protection of United States military personnel overseas.
The function of diplomacy and confidentiality has been severely challenged by the WikiLeaks Diplomatic Cable releases. In November 2010, WikiLeaks published classified documents detailing correspondence between the U.S. State Department and its diplomatic missions around the world. These diplomatic cables contained classified information with comments on world leaders, foreign states, and various international and domestic issues invoking national security concerns and the jeopardizing of U.S. interests abroad (Daly, 2014). WikiLeaks release of stolen communiques and comprising reports from diplomats in American stations around the world, are not only politically and personally damaging, but instigate physical endangerment as well, for example, to…

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