julian assange and wikileaks profile in the new yorker

I've posted this link before, but I want to highlight and recommend it again. In the June issue of the New Yorker magazine, there was a long, fascinating profile of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is the organization that released the "Collateral Murder," video, which showed US soldiers in Iraq firing on and killing civilians, including two Reuters journalists.

It's quite an amazing story, also the kind of meaty profile that makes me salivate as a writer, an assignment I could only dream of. But I'm glad somebody is getting paid for this kind of work.

No Secrets - Julian Assange's mission for total transparency, by Raffi Khatchadourian


Nitangae said...

"But, unlike authoritarian regimes, democratic governments hold secrets largely because citizens agree that they should, in order to protect legitimate policy."

Does the author really think this? It was hard to think this way before George W (although my unfortunately rather conservative mind did its best). But surely it is impossible to think this way after him!

L-girl said...

Ha ha ha, we think so much alike! That sentence jumped out at me too!

I wonder if the author does think this, or if it was a necessary editorial concession.

redsock said...

Glenn Greenwald on the very strange case of Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo.

And from here:

"I just wanted to review the contemporary rules governing the Rule of Law in the U.S.:

* If you torture people or eavesdrop on Americans without the warrants required by the criminal law, you receive Look-Forward Imperial Immunity.

* If you shoot and kill unarmed rescuers of the wounded while occupying their country and severely wound their unarmed children sitting in a van -- or if you authorize that conduct -- your actions are commended.

* If you help wreck the world economy with fraud and cause hundreds of millions of people untold suffering, you collect tens of millions of dollars in bonuses.

* If you disclose to the world evidence of war crimes, government lawbreaking, or serious corruption, or otherwise embarrass the U.S., you will be swiftly prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face decades in prison.


See also: "The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters"

L-girl said...

"I just wanted to review the contemporary rules governing the Rule of Law in the U.S.:

Mmmyes, that sounds about right.

Don't forget that special law for police, the Anything Goes Law.

ryanshaunkelly said...

Lies The Government Told You
Andrew Napolitano
interviewed by
Ralph Nader

West End Bob said...

Thanks for this, L-girl! Somehow, I had missed it earlier. Fascinating bio of Assange, eh?

In case your readers are inclined, it's easy to contribute to WikiLeaks and support their admirable efforts.

Go ahead - You'll feel better after . . . . ;-)