The Moral Standards of Wikileaks Critics

Wikileaks Provokes a StormBy Glenn Greenwald

(updated below - Update II)

Time's Joe Klein writes this about the WikiLeaks disclosures:

I am tremendously concernced [sic] about the puerile eruptions of Julian Assange. . . . If a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail because of a leaked cable, this entire, anarchic exercise in "freedom" stands as a human disaster. Assange is a criminal. He's the one who should be in jail.

Do you have that principle down?  If "a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail" because of the WikiLeaks disclosure -- even a "single one" -- then the entire WikiLeaks enterprise is proven to be a "disaster" and "Assange is a criminal" who "should be in jail."  That's quite a rigorous moral standard.  So let's apply it elsewhere:


Sen. Lieberman Eyes Move Against New York Times Over WikiLeaks

 by Jason Ditz

In the 1971 case New York Times Co. v. United States, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of media outlets to publish information regarding government misconduct without fear of government censorship. Some 40 years later, the New York Times is under fire again.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I – CT) has used his position as chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security to appoint himself as something of a de facto official censor, angrily buffaloing businesses to stifle the publication of recent embarrassing cables with a surprising level of success.


As Assange is Arrested, US Celebrates "World Press Freedom"

 By Alan Nothagle

SOMETIMES TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Today, just hours after embattled Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange was arrested on a questionable rape charge in London, and with the possibility looming that the US government will attempt to file charges against him and even extradite him for leaking diplomatic cables to the world press and the Internet, word came from the State Department that “The United States is pleased to announce that it will host Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from 1-3 May in Washington, DC.”
The announcement says:  
"The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression."  


Only Tip of Iceberg Revealed by Wikileaks

Wikileaks unfortunately compromised its own expose of the death toll from the war in Iraq by relying on faulty statistics to begin with.  Using the Iraq Body Count which seriously underestimates the number of Iraqis killed during the US war there, the revised death toll from the war against Iraq brings the total civilians deaths to 150,000 based on military field reports.  
But this is only the tip of the iceberg.  From the testimony and descriptions given by soldiers who have been in combat, I accumulated an even more grim picture of "preventive and random killing" of civilians during the war in my book, Unmaking War, Remaking Men.


Truth in Chains: The Arrest of Julian Assange

By Chris Floyd 

Well, they got him at last. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the target of several of the world’s most powerful governments, turned himself into British authorities today and is now at the mercy of state authorities who have already shown their wolfish – and lawless – desire to destroy him and his organization.

Also read:

The Moral Standards of Wikileak Critics, by Glenn Greenwald

As Assange is Arrested, U.S. Celebrates "World Press Freedom", by Alan Nothagle

Lieberman Eyes Move Against NY Times over Wikileaks, by Jason Ditz

Only Tip of Iceberg Revealed by Wikileaks, by Kathleen Barry


Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

Justice for Assange

By Julian Assange

Wikileaks deserves protection, not threats and attacks.

IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: "In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win."

His observation perhaps reflected his father Keith Murdoch's expose that Australian troops were being needlessly sacrificed by incompetent British commanders on the shores of Gallipoli. The British tried to shut him up but Keith Murdoch would not be silenced and his efforts led to the termination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.

Nearly a century later, WikiLeaks is also fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public.


Who You Gonna Believe, Us or Your Lying Eyes?

By Dennis Loo No Truth

It has come to this: people such as Julian Assange and Wikileaks are criminals and “high tech terrorists” because they are heroically and in grave danger of their lives releasing documents stamped “SECRET” thereby revealing the grotesque lies being told by our government, our government’s advocacy and commission of crimes right and left, and the fact that the government is doing exactly the opposite of what it claims to be doing to our faces.


WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange was arrested Tuesday morning by London Metropolitan police on a warrant out of Sweden.
The Guardian reports on a statement from Metropolitan police that "Assange, 39, was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant by appointment at a London police station at 9.30 a.m.
He is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010."


US Response to Wikileaks: Diplomacy as Another Means of Warfare

Wikileaks Release Evidence of War Crimes

Read/Sign Petition: In Support of Julian Assange

By Debra Sweet

Can  you imagine the conversation in the Obama administration since the cables have been released by   Attorney General Eric Holder, who can’t find a reason to prosecute anyone for actual torture, says ominously, referring to the legal difficulties in possible U.S. prosecution of Julian Assange,

“To the extent there are gaps in our laws, we will move to close those gaps, which is not to say that anybody at this point, because of their citizenship or their residence, is not a target or a subject of an investigation.”



Daniel Ellsberg: Open Letter to

To Customer Service and  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,

I’m disgusted by Amazon’s cowardice and servility in abruptly terminating its hosting of  the Wikileaks website, in the face of threats from Senator Joe Lieberman and other Congressional right-wingers. I want no further association with any company that encourages legislative and executive officials to aspire to China’s control of information  and deterrence of whistle-blowing.


Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News

Democracy Now! December 3, 2010:

Glenn Greenwald writes:

I was on Democracy Now this morning debating WikiLeaks with Steven Aftergood, the long-time transparency advocate with Federation for American Scientists and Secrecy News, and a vociferous critic of WikiLeaks. 



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