by Larry Smith
"In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win." -- newspaper publisher Rupert Murdoch
The whsitleblowing website WikiLeaks first came across Tough Call's radar in 2009, when it published the unexpurgated 266-page Commission of Inquiry report for the Turks & Caicos Islands.
The commission identified "systemic corruption" in the TCI's government, legislature and civil service. Their report was published in July 2009, with some sensitive information removed. The document was then pulled from public view altogether, and a judge issued a media gag order.
But within a few hours the full report appeared on WikiLeaks and, accepting that the information was now in the public domain, the gag order was quickly lifted. As a result, I was able to write an article in this space in September 2009 based on the full uncensored report.