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Monday, July 26, 2010

A major triumph for the free flow of information

i was delighted yesterday afternoon to see that julian assange and wikileaks had hit another one out of the park by releasing over 91,000 documents about the afghanistan war to the nyt, the uk guardian and germany's spiegel... there's already a lot of screaming about how national security has been jeopardized but the vastly more important point is the information contained in those documents, information that reveals the reality of that sad, going on ten year old saga, information we should have been getting all along, information our keepers make sure we don't get so that they can continue to exercise their power and make their all-precious money...


It's not difficult to foresee, as Atrios predicted, that media "coverage of [the] latest [leak] will be about whether or not it should have been published," rather than about what these documents reveal about the war effort and the government and military leaders prosecuting it.

and, according to assange, there's more to come...
Assange told reporters in London that what's been reported so far on the leaked documents has "only scratched the surface" and said some 15,000 files on Afghanistan are still being vetted by his organization.

He said he believed that "thousands" of U.S. attacks in Afghanistan could be investigated for evidence of war crimes, although he acknowledged that such claims would have to be tested in court.

"It is up to a court to decide really if something in the end is a crime," he said.

i hope julian assange is backed by some heavy-duty personal security and isn't planning on sleeping in the same place two nights in a row... it seems to me that the likelihood of an unexplained "accident" befalling him increases by the day...

p.s. i just read the following on the bbc's website...

The United States has condemned as "irresponsible" the leak of 90,000 military records, saying publication could threaten national security.

no surprise that the u.s. would be saying that, of course, but what i do find somewhat alarming is that the wikileaks website won't load... that could be due to high traffic on its servers or... let's hope it's not the "or"...

p.p.s. it's loading just fine now...

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