Thursday, October 25, 2012

In Other News, He's Not Touching You, He's Not Touching You

I'm not entirely sure how the bid of Julian Assange to escape to exile in Ecuador from his current trapped-rat status in an embassy in London is going to turn out. I'm not going to be so bold as to make a prediction.

I am also, as I extolled back in 2010, as always, conflicted as to his role in journalism. Wikileaks has provided a lot of useful information to journalists that they'll be able to draw off of for years to come even if not another word is breathed from them, but on the other hand, the actual technicals of his process have been very sloppy, overly antagonistic and underprotective of sources and vulnerable nontargets.

But one thing I can say is that if you're trying not to get sent to Guantanamo Bay- as is the ultimate fear- leaking files on prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay probably is not the wisest idea. Maybe you embarrass the US into not having you there... but there's still the matter of Florence.

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