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.