Why the World Needs WikiLeaks (According to Julian Assange)

After yesterday’s post, I’ll never get a sniff of a TED conference. But even so, we’ll keep featuring Ted Talks from time to time, and so why not today? Above, we have TED’s Chris Anderson interviewing Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website that made headlines last month when it released the Afghan War Diaries, all 92,000 pages worth. During the 19 minute interview, Assange talks a little more about the philosophy behind WikiLeaks, how the organization decides when to release information (or not), how the site has changed world events, and what some more ordinary leaks look like. No matter what stance you take on WikiLeaks, the interview is worth a watch. You’ll only hear more about them down the line.

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  • Hate Ignorance says:

    This guy doesn’t understand the implications of his actions. It is all about his ego. He like the attention being given him by people who don’t understand how classified information can be deadly to the sources and methods revealed within the documentation.

    Did you notice they only showed the part that identified the reporters and then the apache firing on them. If you watch the full video, you will see that the reporters are with armed insurgents, there are AK-47’s and one guy has an RPG in a neighborhood and they are waiting to attack U.S. troops headed their direction.

    I can’t wait for someone to expose this guy as the scumbag he is. He is endgangering military members lives who are in other countries and exposing information that is kept secret for a reason. If you remember from grade school, we had people who did the same thing and what did we call them, a tattle-tale.

    In the criminal world, a tattle-tale is a snitch or a rat. His organization is making it easier for people to illegally release classified information without repercussion and this video is essentially letting the world know he is open for business.

  • Rahul Verma says:

    The helicopters shouldn’t have been there. The Reuters reporters weren’t planning to attack along.

    If meant with purposeful need, their is no shame in disclosing the truth. The real question being: Why hide when it was necessary and already done?

  • Paul McGlade says:

    @Hate Ignorance

    I don’t particularly like the guy, and have mixed feeling about some of the things he has leaked, but I am absolutely appalled by some of the reactions I have seen.

    I too remember the schoolyard and taunts of “tell-tale”. I also remember that it was generally used by bullies or other people doing things they shouldn’t have trying to avoid what they had done coming to light and trying to place the guilt on the person who told on them.

    I also remember being told to stand up for the truth and what is right in the face of bullies.

    There is an old saying about not shooting the messenger (which some politicians have been contradicting in the most chilling terms in calls to assassinate Assange for publishing some documents, when they seem happy to let nuclear-armed dictators to carry on their merry way, and let their incompetent colleagues who are directly responsble for unnecessary military and civilian deaths get away with it).

    Lots of what is coming out is not national security, it’s dirty laundry. It’s what governments don’t want their own people to know.

    You want a world where news agencies will have to worry about being prosecuted for publishing the truth when the source is a leak? Or just the truths you don’t like?

  • Taqwa says:

    Convieniant that they completely omit the parts of the chopper video where the guys are watching the chopper, peeking around corners and pointing unidentified (Quite possibly weapons) directly at the chopper.

    Then the 10-20 seconds they take to inform command and get the ok to open fire.

    REAAAAAL convieniant.

  • Rahul Verma says:

    @Taqwa If they ommited those portions, how did u see them?

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