Whistleblowers and protesters play a key role in ensuring accountability. But ultimately, democratic systems should be built to ensure institutional accountability.
The Trump administration once celebrated WikiLeaks. Now it wants to prosecute Julian Assange simply for publishing things it doesn’t like. That’s a threat to all journalists.
No one covering WikiLeaks has been able to keep up with the Nation’s Greg Mitchell.
Although numerous accounts of Julian Assange and his organization appeared throughout 2010, the full story of the WikiLeaks phenomenon had yet to be told. By the end of the year, stories about the leaked documents no longer dominated the headlines. With whistleblower Bradley Manning in solitary confinement for the indefinite future and Assange under house arrest awaiting possible extradition to Sweden on sexual misconduct charges, the newspapers that collaborated with Assange regrouped to tell the definitive story of WikiLeaks itself.
Even for those who advocate government secrecy, many of the classified documents should not have been classified at all.
Is the WikiLeak founder’s threat to drop the rest of the documents motivated by revenge or concern for WikiLeaks?
Seldom in recent memory has the wrath of God been called down on anyone like it has been on the WikiLeaks founder.
A “clear and present danger”? That’s what Representative Peter King called WikiLeaks.
Hawks are not above calling for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be apprehended on the territory of close U.S. allies, even without their consent.