Why we must all join in the battle for WikiLeaks

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WikiLeaks has opened a worldwide battle over the future of freedom of information with its release of US diplomatic cables. Mediapart's Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel argues here that it pitches the fundamental right of the public to access information against the stranglehold on information hitherto exercised by governing powers and establishments. At stake is whether the alliance of economic interests and national powers-that-be can snuff out the future of democratic ideals spurred by the tools of the digital age; and the result concerns everyone of us.

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Edwy Plenel, Editor-in-Chief of Mediapart and a former editor of French daily Le Monde, argues here that the furore over the release of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has opened a worldwide battle over the future of freedom of information. At stake is whether the alliance of economic interests and national powers-that-be can snuff out the future of democratic ideals spurred by the tools of the digital age.