WikiLeaks Founder Defends Document Release

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Australian founder of whistleblowing website, 'WikiLeaks', Julian Assange, speaks to media after giving a press conference in London on July 26, 2010. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty)

92,000 cryptic reports that offer an hour-by-hour, and sometimes a minute-by-minute, look at the U.S. Army’s actions in Afghanistan were leaked this Sunday by WikiLeaks, a European news organization devoted to uncovering secrets of all kinds. The documents were shared with The Guardian, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel weeks ago, and made public in those papers, and on the Internet, on Sunday.

The picture that emerges from the tens of thousands of documents suggest that the American effort in Afghanistan is even more difficult than currently believed. And they hint at secrets not meant to be revealed, suggesting that the U.S. is responsible for more civilian casualties than previously reported. They detail the activities of a black-ops unit responsible for hunting down Taliban leaders. And they suggest Pakistani collaboration with the Taliban.

The documents have ignited a firestorm in the media about the role of information in wartime. How much can be revealed? And who gets to decide? We speak today with WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange.

Guests:

Julian Assange

Produced by:

Posey Gruener and Kate McGough

Comments [7]

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Nov. 29 2010 04:45 PM
Melissa from New York

I agree with Paul. The interviewers sounded a bit FOX-y, as if they had something to defend to the Aussie traitor.

Jul. 29 2010 09:45 AM

It's not clear who you're talking to, Paul, but -- is that a suicide vest under your shirt?

Jul. 29 2010 09:04 AM
Johnny B Goode

Without the Cold War, Iraq or Afghanistan how could the government justify the existence of our weapons industry?

Jul. 29 2010 01:52 AM
Paul from Queens, NY

The very tone of your questions and the silly emphasis on the "source" (obvious to those who can read) reminds me of the Soviet-Nazi-Maoist -North Korean-Iranian propaganda machine reaction to this example of unbriddled truth which exposes the true imperialist nature of the USA. Too much risk is to be honest in the USA!

Jul. 27 2010 05:04 PM
Charles

Oh, it's a crime, alright, Cougar. I strongly suspect somebody is going to be in a military brig for a very long time over this.

My question is whether Julian Assange is any different from Andrew Breitbart. I don't expect that The Takeaway will be hosting Breitbart as an intereview guest anytime soon. But let's compare:

Breitbart is a political idologue; so is Assange.

Breitbart is unhinged from any formal, professional editorial process, so is Assnage.

Breitbart is not a trained or experienced journalist; neither is Assange.

WikiLeaks operates on its own, and with its own set of editorial values, or perhaps no values at all. Same is true of Breitbart's BigGovernment.com.

So what is our "Takeaway?" That some internet renegades are preferable to others. It just depends on whose side they are on.

Jul. 27 2010 11:11 AM

If this leaking of wartime information isn't a crime, it ought to be.

Jul. 27 2010 09:51 AM

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