Pundits Comment On Julian Assange's Motivations, Possible Espionage Charges
Charles Krauthammer, in the Dayton Daily News, argues anyone who believes the WikiLeaks cables are merely embarrassing is naive. W.W., in The Economist, contends WikiLeaks enhances America's democracy.
Yet the buzz in the blogosphere is centered not on the possible ramifications of the leaks, but speculation on what motivates Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks.
Here are a few of the latest editorials discussing everything from Assange's motivations to the likelihood of a conviction for espionage:
3 Quarks Daily: "What Is Julian Assange Up To." Robert P. Baird suggests Assange's writing shows WikiLeaks founder is looking to diplomatic rubble he’s created for the promise of a new paradigm of government behavior
The Vancouver Sun: “WikiLeaks turns the ‘conspiracy’ against itself.” Peter McKnight makes the case that WikiLeaks is trying to provoke conspiracy to shut itself down.
Aaron Bady: “Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government.” Blogger Aaron Bady's analysis of Assange's essays has been picked up by many in the mainstream, provide a look into the motivations of WikiLeaks’ founder.
Daily Finance: “Three Lessons from WikiLeaks: How the Internet Is Changing Information Warfare.” Alex Salkever notes lessons learned (hopefully) from the WikiLeaks incident.
The Daily Beast: "The Espionage Case Against Assange.” Stephen L. Carter says the U.S. might well be able to convict Assange, but argues it isn't a good idea.
The Jerusalem Post: "Notes from an undeclared cold war.” Jonathan Spyer argues the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show details of Iran's push for regional dominance in the Middle East.