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He's provided a platform or avenue for people to get their info heard.
Whistleblowers the world over have sent stuff to them, encrypted stuff and so on.
He may be a glorified "middle man" but he's done far more than anyone on here... and to say that he's not really done anything is harsh and not even remotely accurate.
He's risked his life to get info out and expose government and military cover-ups and conspiracies.
Wikileaks Redactions Are Cowardly Wikileaks should stop the redactions of names in the diplomatic cables and war files and release untampered documents. Name redactions are immensely deceptive -- like knee-jerk claiming there are valid grounds for some vital secrets -- they are used to hold hostages under guise of protection. Continue to obey or your name will be revealed. Redact or you will be pilloried in public. (Toot: The New York Times tried the "responsible redaction" scam on Cryptome with the CIA Mossadeq overthrow report.) Dozens, perhaps hundreds of people are being put at risk by believing they are protected by the phony redaction scam Wikileaks has cowardly joined under pressure to conform to authoritative demands to be "responsible." Far better to tell the truth that the names are already loose so the victims know what the cabal of secretkeepers knows. As if those who know the true names at redacting authoritatives, at Wikileaks and among the lawyers, editors and personnel at its new big media bedmates will never tell, will tightly control the original documents, will never be subject to betrayal or a burglary or a leak, will never have a trusted insider who acts to inform the world, will never write a tell-all best seller like Daniel Schmidt, will never aspire to be Time's Person of the Year, a Nobelist, a movie star, a sexual predator eager to cut a deal with the authorities. Assange's craven desire to be an important world player is destructive to the Wikileaks initiative to engage many participants equally with preference for documents not personal fame. Fortunately, multiple wikis for leaking are now being set up unbound by Assange's lack of courage -- presuming that lack of courage is not contagious to the newcomers. Never redact. No vital secrets. No deals with cheating dealers. No gulling of more Bradley Mannings.
Originally posted by Mike_A
Isn’t the platform that most people are getting this from Guardian, NY Times, Le Monde and Der Speigal?
Take wikileaks out and why couldn’t the information just have been handed to these outlets directly? It’s happened plenty of times before and I don’t think Manning (if it was him) would have just deleted everything if wikileaks didn’t exist.
I didn’t say he hasn’t done anything at all I said that he hadn’t done anything of note in relation to these leaks and as far as I can see he hasn’t. If he was taken out of the picture we’d still have the leaks and if anything there’d be more focus on them and not him and his rape case, as I think someone pointed out in the Q&A.
But again how and, if so, for what purpose? At what point was it necessary for him to put himself at risk in order for any of this information to get out?
Many weirdos email us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot-plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules.
1) that the documents not be self-authored;
2) that they be original.
However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs.
Well Wikileaks has made quite a name for itself with some of the "leaks" they've had on their site, the aforementioned "murder" of a news reporter being one, that garnered a lot of attention and made people who are not into conspiracies and "alternative" news site, sit up and take notice.
A year ago nobody had a clue about wikileaks apart from people who frequent sites such as these... now many people do know and I think that in itself is a good thing
But how would we have the leaks?
I don't know how and why he has made himself public or if he was actually "outed" by some news agencies or what?
I say fair play to the guy and his organization.