Wikileaks is in trouble.
You can sort of see why Bank of America, which Assange said in December would be WikiLeaks’ next target, with the release of documents that would produce a scandal as big as Enron, might not want to fund an organisation which wanted to bring about its downfall, and why some other financial institutions might feel the same way. What’s harder to see is why a man whose website exists to “expose bastards” should be surprised when some of the people he thinks are bastards actually behave like bastards. And particularly since the “bastards” seem to include anyone with any authority, or power.
And towards the end she makes this telling point:
WikiLeaks did change the world, and not too many teenage rebels wanting to “get the bastards” can say they’ve done that. It has made sure that no organisation on the face of the planet, including the government of the most powerful country in the world, can be confident that information it wants to be secret will stay secret. That will make some people doing bad things very uneasy. It will also make some people doing good things in difficult circumstances uneasy, and might even make the good things more difficult to bring about.
But WikiLeaks doesn’t care about people doing good things in difficult circumstances, unless the good thing is speaking what it would like to call truth to what it would like to call power. “If material is suppressed, we must see it as a blockage,” says Assange, “and alleviate the problem. That way, we get to justice.”
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty