Wikileaks and the Tunisian Crisis


Amid violent protests and the desertion of its President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has been in serious political instability.

What is rather interesting in Tunisia’s case is that of the Wikileaks connection to this crisis.

Last year, when Wikileaks set out to exspose more government documents, it also released a significant U.S government cable that exposes the corruptions of President Ben Ali and his family. According to the leaked cable, many Tunisians knew or suspected Ben Ali’s family of manipulating the economy and keeping unemployment levels at all time high. The political system was so corrupt that the leaks also reveal more than half of all businesses can be tied to Ben Ali’s family.

Since the leak, however, then President Ben Ali tried to get his government to control the internet. Thanks to the leak, government corruption was exposed and more Tunisians became involved in protests and demonstrations.This situation — although dire — is a great example that exposing goverment corruption may lead to political reform; thus, emphasizing the significance of Wikileaks.

You can read the leak here.

It is interesting to note that the Prime Minister of Tunsia, Mohamed Ghannouchi, is also meeting  with oppostion party members. However, I personally don’t believe this will change the political situation too much (so far that I know of). We can hope for the best for Tunisians. Since politics is a dirty and often a fatal game in that region, true and vital change will  take a lot of effort. Let’s hope the Tunisian people are up for it.

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