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Monday, 06 December 2010 11:42

Columbia University warned to not discuss Wikileaks

Written by Nedim Hadzic

Freedom of speech gets another exception
Isn’t it grand how the government's mistakes come back to haunt students, of all people. An email from SIPA's Office of Career Services warns students that posting, discussing or in any way commenting Wikileaks, whether it is on twitter or Facebook, may affect your chances of getting a job in the federal government.

Apparently, "Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government." Of course, nobody takes the effort to explain to students how the diplomatic cables leaked when dealing “with confidential information” is one of the main prerequisites.

Federal government job vacancies “would require a background investigation and in some instances a security clearance.”, it goes on saying. It does not say anything about freedom of speech, of course, as that lousy practice already seems to be heading for the window. Also, take care to close your window.

State Department’s spokesperson Philip J. Crowley denies that the government is behind this. He says that instructions have been given to State Department employees and adds:"If an employee of the State Department sent such an email, it does not represent a formal policy position."

Certain students have reacted with some of them even forming the wrong kinds of opinions – their own. Some say they’re “amused and surprised”, but the fact remains that the subject is “sensitive” and it may cost them their futures. [As if they had any in this economy. sub.ed.]

More here.

Last modified on Monday, 06 December 2010 12:05

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+15 #1 Wolfdale 2010-12-06 14:18
okay so you cant mention the word wikileaks, because you wont get a job with the gov...

just lol... lol...

our mr president smoked pot in his younger years didnt he? and hes the fkin highest position in the gov..

basically.. freedom of speech is a worse crime than smoking pot o.0

seriously, u americans are being fked in the butt by your gov and thers shit you can do against it..

not saying the netherlands are much better, but at least they dont make such a big deal out of things, oh and pot is legal here :)
+10 #2 deadspeedv 2010-12-06 14:42
lol I agree with Wolf. Americans always preach about their freedom, but seriously compared to most developed countries (except china) you don't have any freedoms anymore. You cant even sneeze without getting sued in America.

Good on ya wikileaks. Keep up the good work. About time someone pulled the blanket over what US does. No wonder the US government DDoS all their websites. Even pirate bay doesnt get the load poor wikileaks does.

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