In 2009, Wikileaks published thousands of documents from the State Department. Some of those documents revealed the truth about the military coup in Honduras. They showed that the new government illegally assumed power after arresting the then current president. In addition, the new government has been mistreating the people of Honduras. However, these acts of repression on the people (journalists and activists especially) are not being investigated or stopped by the new Honduran government.

The vital content in the leaked Honduran papers outlined above is hardly being discussed in the US. US politicians are up in arms over the actual publishing of the documents in what seems to be an attempt to cover up the severity of the information within the documents. It seems like the Obama administration and the US government are trying to hide the fact that they are sanctioning military coups in Latin America. And by making a fuss about the unauthorized publishing of the documents, the Obama Administration is almost able to hide the fact that the US government is harboring illegal activity in Honduras by supporting the reinstatement of Honduras into the OAS.

Publishing these papers showed American citizens that the government is not always as it seems. Although the Obama Administration promised to modify the conservative-leaning policies of the former administration, after the release of the papers, it was evident that they were directly contradicting those statements by allowing the attack on left-leaning governments in Latin America to persist.

It can be concluded that when unpublished documents showing government deceit land in the hands of publishers, the documents should be exposed to the public so that independent media can tell the true story. Even though the politicians may try to hide the facts from the public (like with the case of Honduras), it is the role of independent media to pull the veil and state the truth.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell


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