Wikileaks Ethical Dilemma Analytical Essay by Kien

Wikileaks Ethical Dilemma
An application of the character-based theory to the ethical dilemma faced by Wikileaks as a whistle blowing organization.
# 153574 | 1,110 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jun 17, 2013 in Political Science (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper explores the character-based theory in the context of Wikileaks' release of sensitive and controversial information, and explains how it assesses the situation in terms of benevolence and malevolence. The paper discusses how the actions of Wikileaks elicit two opposing responses, and looks at the contribution of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Code of Ethics. The paper shows how the character based theory is essential in facilitating the resolution of the ethical dilemma generated by the actions of Wikileaks, and concludes that the actions of the organization are ethical as they derive from moral decisions and a virtuous character.


From the Paper:

"Whistle blowing on the unacceptable conduct of world governments is generally perceived as an endeavor of the despicable in the society. This is in spite of the benefits that the society derives from the activities of whistle blowers in terms of increased accountability and transparency in the manner in which the government conducts its official business (Faunce, 2007). Recently, release of classified information and diplomatic cables by the whistle blower, Wikileaks, through the internet has elicited a lot of controversy. Wikileaks has released hundreds of politically destructive leaked information implicating diverse world governments and corporate organizations. The organization and publicizes sensitive materials obtained from activists and journalist (Pike, 2010). Though the releases has been done inline with the journalism code of ethics and for the interests of the public, the practice has generated moral concerns over the motivations of the organization besides attracting heavy criticism from various quarters (Parker, 2011). The virtue or character-based theory posits that motivation for moral behavior is informed by the character and virtues pertinent in an entity. The theory focuses on how people develop virtues which guide motives such as self and common interest as well as charitable or malevolent intentions (Hursthouse, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ahanassoulis, N. (2010). Virtue Ethics. Retrieved April 2, 2011, from
  • Cline, A. (2011). Virtue Ethics: Morality and Character. Retrieved April 2, 2011, from
  • Faunce, T. A. (2007). Whistleblowing and Scientific Misconduct: Renewing Legal and Virtue Ethics Foundations. Journal of Medicine and Law , 26 (3), 567-584.
  • Hursthouse, Rosalind, "Virtue Ethics", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010 Edition), <>.
  • Parker, S. (2011, December 11). WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange should. Western Advocate , p. 12.

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Wikileaks Ethical Dilemma (2013, June 17) Retrieved January 27, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Wikileaks Ethical Dilemma" 17 June 2013. Web. 27 January. 2021. <>