What pirates know about leadership

Wikileaks.org is systematically unveiling a database of secret diplomatic communications.

Now under scrutiny: Diplomacy.

At the time this article was written, 553 of more than a quarter of a million confidential communications have been posted online and in plain sight.

Julian Assange, the website’s founder, is on the run from law enforcement and tops Interpol’s most wanted list.

Even Mike Huckabee, the conservative Christian former governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful said that anything less than death would be “too kind a penalty” for those found responsible for the leak. Assange has strategically chosen a nearly impregnable web hosting service in Sweden that has shielded the site from being shut down. These defensive actions may have paid off- the government is exploring ways to shut the site down. Amazon even had a brief hosting stint while Swedish servers bolstered their systems. Meanwhile, a team of hackers attempts to cripple the site.

Hold, please. What? Hackers want to take down Wikileaks?

Aren’t hackers like the…Disney Movie style…. Pirates??…. Who instead of stealing rum in the Caribbean… steal electronic stuff on the web? Aren’t they our modern information age thieves?

Yet in the case of Wikileaks, these hackers (embracing the nickname “hacktivists”) used their evil powers to undermine Assange.

What about the leaks could be so egregious that even information bandits are assaulting fellow villains, seeking reprieve for diplomats? Keep in mind- this group of diplomats has the one of the lowest approval ratings in history. According to Monday’s Rassumssen report:

“Voters (80%) overwhelmingly believe that most members of Congress are more interested in their own careers than in helping people.”

You would think that the public would love to embrace information that exposes diplomatic corruption. After all, Wikileaks isn’t the only group trying to take down Washington. The Tea Party seriously impacted the political landscape in November and threatens to reinvent our political establishment.

So why has Wikileaks failed to do what the Tea Party succeeded at doing?

Allow me to suggest one key reason for all the backlash against Wikileaks… A key principle to guide any organization.

Even pirates hate chaos.

Wikileaks.org reeks of chaos. They are on a mission to destroy, not to repair or rebuild, American Diplomacy.

What pirates seem to understand that Julian Assange and the wikileakers do not is that humans rally behind leadership – even corrupt leadership.

Regardless of whether these leaks and the corruption is legitimate or not…. Isn’t the point. Throughout history, humans have rallied behind leaders.

If a change needs to be made to American diplomacy, Assange & the Wikileaks staff would likely be far more successful investing time and money campaigning for a political office.

As for those of us who aren’t involved in politics, but instead are involved on a daily basis in different types of organizations-

Don’t use chaos as a catalyst for change.