A Western Crackdown on WikiLeaks

The Obama administration has asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider criminal charges against Julian Assange for his Afghan war leaks. Philip Shenon reports. Full Story »

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Joey Baker
3.6
by Joey Baker - Aug. 10, 2010

Depends on anonymous sources in the US government, and doesn't talk to wikileaks itself.

Really disturbing that the US government would try so hard to shut down a journalist.

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Andre Heinemann
3.0
by Andre Heinemann - Aug. 11, 2010

Summary article about US vs. WikiLeaks and his founder Julian Assange. The article lacks verifiable sources and balance.

No surprise that the US dislikes WikiLeaks and Assange because they publish information the administration decided to withhold from the public for various (probably not the most noble of) reasons. I may not agree with everything WikiLeaks does, but I do believe in the ideal of open government, something strangely foreign to the dual-party dictatorship in the United States. Democracies depend on informed citizens, the very same citizens politicians were elected to serve and who they ... More »

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Sirajul Islam
3.2
by Sirajul Islam - Aug. 10, 2010

An important news but the source of information is neither revealed nor confirmed by any other sources. The info might be true, and it is likely that the governments hurt will take action, but without probing, it is hard to say this is a well-sourced news.

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Peter Henry
2.9
by Peter Henry - Aug. 10, 2010

Not good journalism, but this article carries the significant news that "the empire strikes back" against Wikileaks. The important news from this story is that the U.S. is now attempting to strike back at Wikileaks by leaning on its European allies to refuse freedom of movement to Assange. Small countries like Sweden and Iceland will be hard pressed to maintain independence in the face of heavy U.S. pressure. Per usual, anonymous "official sources" are relied upon for data, as well as edited tweets issued by Assange. No attempt was made by the author to press Wikileaks for an explanation of their side of the story, and a "joint letter" issued by 5 NGOs was referenced but not quoted nor was it linked to. An overall very poor job ... More »

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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Aug. 10, 2010

Yes, the author is making a factual report without interjecting his personal opinion. The facts are relevant to the security of allied troop movements and indicate that Afghan supporters were also put at risk.

Most of the WikiLeak information was already known in the press. I,myself, had a "top secret" security clearance during the Vietnam War and I am aware that 95% of the "top secret" information was "policy" already known to the outside world. However, leaks about specific troop movements and the names of cooperating civilians is totally inadmissible in my estimation. Assange thinks of himself as a hero of the left, but he's simply a pernicious fool.

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David Cohn
3.6
by David Cohn - Aug. 10, 2010

I've been following the WikiLeaks thing for a bit now. I'm utterly fascinated. I have been offline the last few days and this article caught me up.

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