In recent years, as the content of secret documents leaked to the Internet gradually diversified, it has begun to affect our lives.
When the content of the spilled documents and the way it emerged was seen, many of us were not yet aware to what extent it had evolved and threatened us personally.
We were not aware of the effects of the digital era on the future of humanity that is represented as the opportunity of the age of communication.
After WikiLeaks, we were surprised to find at the same time the Panama documents emerged that our personal data on the Internet was leaked.
Could those who sanctify the myth of the information revolution comprehend that this revolution has turned into an issue of humanity?
The problem is not only the opportunity to access information depending on the technical developments, it has turned into an information pollution and a threat to humankind's existence.
Nowadays the “secret documents” leaked are nothing other than the signs of a state of war and the conflict of global strategic interest.
The idea that the information revolution would make man more liberal is an expression of the mistaken idea that it offers humanity a more peaceful world.
It is true that thanks to these leaks we learned the secret, dark relations of the politicians and illegal money transfers.
Even the corruption of the politicians and the unprincipled, dirty relations presented in the game of state cannot remain a secret. There will be those who think that the dark relations that the leaders had “for the benefit of their countries” who make no concessions to “the universal values” and all those possessing the attribute of statesman and who are supposed to be untouchable in the eyes of the entire world not remaining confidential has turned into a preventive mechanism in the moral sense.
Questions such as which relations and shocking information were revealed by the leaks, what dangers humanity was protected against with the information we obtained fall short of explaining the moral dimension of the incident. If we continue the questions, topics as under whose control, and why at this time, and how much of this information was leaked play a key role in our understanding of the new period as well.
If we progress a little more, it is not a secret that these leaks were initially given to certain newspapers and the newspapers' managements revealed them under the control of the state. At least self-censorship is in question.
In the darkness of the digital forest, the virtual light of the knowledge/truth has been sought, the actual situation that the leaks revealed is a new form of a strategic struggle.
No doubt that one of the main reasons the Ottoman Empire was taken from the stage of world politics was the oil that was known to exist in the Middle East.
The question of who would dominate this strategic wealth in order for the West to overcome oil dependency will determine the result of World War I.
The strategic weapon of the new information era has equal importance with the oil wells of the last century.
But these virtual wells are deeper, more mystical and more indefinite. The economic and strategic weapon of the new war term is the amount of information/data you have. A cutthroat struggle similar to the one to own the oil reserves is currently in progress.
The unlimited information and correspondence opportunity presented to us in the name of freedom of communication are actually nothing but the strategic materials of this war.
In brief, the global struggle of the new era is the war to obtain information.
Those who store all the information from the electronic communication we have been using every day to the data we have been keeping are those who have been storing fuel for the global power struggle.
All the Internet lines passing through the US are enough to explain this truth. Also a significant part of US software programs are storing all data, classifying them as a software requirement.
As a rival power against this, the pirate information hunt of Russians is one of the significant actors in the race.
Besides a few countries that try to have the superiority of strategic position by storing information/data they collect in the world, a global dependency is in question.
In an environment where global financial capitalism exceeds even the nation-state and virtualizes the borders, it is not difficult for the data network to enter the national borders surrounded by iron fences. Moreover its relation with the nation-state has reached a new stage; it can also manipulate the state.
Even if it doesn't become fully independent of the nation-state, it does not avoid getting on the shoulders of the state.
Global power centers will not avoid using the advantage of new strategic weapons to maintain their hegemonic positions.
In order to understand who leaked the Panama documents, it is enough to look at who the perpetrators are and who their target was.
This is a type of war that intervenes in both the economic and strategic global competition and domestic affairs of nations.
As the personal information of almost 50 million Turkish citizens was posted online is a state incapacity, it should also be seen as the move of the rivals who want to teach Turkey a lesson.
Virtual wars have taken the place of the oil wars. In the era of liberal freedom, we are under the virtual threat of digital darkness.