WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Takes Heat At Home
On top of his legal troubles in the U.S., Julian Assange now faces charges in Australia, The Guardian reported Friday.
In its latest publishing of 251,000 unredacted cables this week, WikiLeaks identified a member of ASIO, the country's intelligence service, violating Australia's law against publishing information "which could lead to the identification of an intelligence officer."
The news cable's original media partners—The Guardian, The New York Times, El Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde—released a denouncement of sorts following this latest deluge of sensitive information.
"We deplore the decision of WikiLeaks to publish the unredacted state department cables, which may put sources at risk," it said.
"Our previous dealings with WikiLeaks were on the clear basis that we would only publish cables which had been subjected to a thorough joint editing and clearance process. We will continue to defend our previous collaborative publishing endeavour. We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data – indeed, we are united in condemning it.
"The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone."
Meanwhile, AlterNet.org considered the implications of and reasons behind dwindling trust in government and institutions. Drawing a parallel between Assange and Robin Hood, author Joshua Holland explains that the public's fascination with 'rogue geeks' is not terribly surprising.
Most of us humans are small, but in this interconnected world, these hackers are apparently able to play with large and immovable institutions on a level playing field. WikiLeaks, for better or worse, exposed thousands of state secrets closely guarded by the world's greatest superpower; they've shone a bright light on war crimes and corporate malfeasance.