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In last week’s CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they think the First Amendment protects WikiLeaks.org founder Julian Assange from prosecution. The majority of respondents (71.9%) believe that the release of information is a threat to national security and Assange should be prosecuted. Some respondents (15.6%) are unsure, while 12.5% believe that he should not be prosecuted.
This survey generated many strong opinions from our readers. Some of the comments included:
“I believe the issue is if he got the information legally or not.”
“It’s similar to yelling fire in a crowded theatre. There is a point where some things (i.e., national security) are too important to be protected by the 1st!!!!!”
“Just because you can do something doesn’t always mean you should.”
“Assange should be prosecuted. The First Amendment needs to be changed to prevent this type of behavior. It was written eons before the Internet and the dubious benefits which the net has bestowed on our world. From today’s news reports (Tuesday, December 7), Assange may be arrested on other charges not relating to his WikiLeaks.” -- Jim Millar, Sales Manager, Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials (Surface Conditioning Group)
“How would you feel if someone stole your secrets or medical records or ID and plastered it all over the Internet? Would this be protected by the 1st Amendment? Of course not, you would be angry. We should be angry and this thug should be brought to justice.”
“Free speech allows you to say what you want and voice your opinion. It doesn't necessarily let you take other peoples’ (or groups’) private opinions and post them.”
Are you interested in taking the industry’s pulse on a particular topic? Send your suggestions for CyberPoll questions to Kelsey Seidler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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