So what’s your take on Julian Assange and Wikileaks?

You might have read that Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been arrested in London on what some feel are trumped us sex charges. I have to admit, it sure was awfully convenient for these charges to arise right when the Pentagon had Assange in its targets. (And yeah, I think the charges were fabricated.) Then there’s the larger issues of the leaked documents themselves. Have to admit, the notion of leaking millions of documents is a bit of a shocker. But would I have any problem reading them through, had I the time, no. Did we get a ton of really interesting news out of them, especially by the NYT? Yup.

And isn’t it ironic that Wikileaks is bad for leaking the cables but the NYT is good for reporting on what’s in them.

A part of me feels that this is one of those “yes it’s ‘wrong,’ but it’s also good” situations – meaning, technically what he did was bad, but some of this information hitting the light of day is a good thing. Another part of me worries about whether the docs exposed any sources and methods our spy apparatus uses to gather necessary national security information. And a third part of me wonders why Karl Rove isn’t in jail.

What do you think?


CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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