The leaking of confidential documents by whistle-blower WikiLeaks is a case of information terrorism, Hungarian parliamentary speaker Laszlo Kover said late on Sunday.
Kover, who was minister without a portfolio overseeing the secret services between 1998 and 2000, said the WikiLeaks affair shows that “it is necessary to tackle” the taboo that surrounds the lack of control in online news reporting and “it is necessary to devise a method to prevent similar cases in the future.”
“Given the leak of the documents was intentional it must be called information terrorism,” Kover said. “If those responsible did not fully realise the weight of their action, then it was a childish act that endangers democracy.”
He said people who protest in support of WikiLeaks enjoyed the benefits of democracy that WikiLeakes undermined.
He said leaks that reveal confidential communication deviating from the standard diplomatic style, thus causing embarrassment to the US Department of State and the affected diplomats, “are less significant.” These will not have a long-lasting effect, he added.
WikiLeaks started publishing the contents of confidential US diplomatic cables on November 28 and plans to make some 251,000 such documents public.