Peeking behind the Wikileaks curtain

There’s a kind of delicious intrinsic irony that Wikileaks’ quasi-internal communications got leaked to The Intercept.

But the substantive thing that most stands out to me is what motivated the leaker: Wikileaks became a player in the 2016 elections, not just a neutral promoter of absolute transparency:

At this point, considering the power exercised by WikiLeaks, [disclosing] literally anything Assange says is in the public interest,” Hazelpress told The Intercept, including Assange’s political position during the 2016 election, since WikiLeaks purports to be a neutral transparency organization.”

The second thing that stands out to me is that Assange was almost certainly correct that, and why, Hillary Clinton’s election would have produced a lot more foreign interventionism by the U.S. For instance:

We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” he typed into a private Twitter direct message group to an assortment of WikiLeaks’ most loyal supporters on Twitter. Dems+Media+liberals woudl then form a block to reign in their worst qualities,” he wrote. With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities., dems+media+neoliberals will be mute.” He paused for two minutes before adding, She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.”

It was, seemingly, to avoid that interventionism that Assange compromised Wikileaks’ neutrality.

The Intercept RSS feed has become one of my indespensible alternate news sources.

April 12, 2019

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