Today, SAI joined Wikileaks in contributing to the fast-growing ‘leaking’ phenomenon growing online by publishing a Confidential AOL plan for 2011. Sources were not disclosed, but it is clear that the documents were not mean to be releases as they contain proprietary methods, processes and goals. Should the press leak these types of documents?
The battle is now being fought on a higher level, but the moral and legal ramifications of the decision will be massive. If the press is viewed as simply a broadcaster, or platform to distribute, ‘exposed’ stories, then these types of things will continue. This may even encourage people privy to proprietary information to double-down on the behavior, resulting in value destruction in corporations. On the flip-side, if this behavior is not condoned then the press will have to now exercise ‘moral judgment’ when deciding what to publish. As we all know, that can put us into dangerous territory as well as our information consumption will be further subject to the ‘tastes’ of editors.