The Strange Career of Wikileaks

Posted by John Rosenthal

If we are to judge by its “Collateral Murder” video and campaign, WikiLeaks is not the website — and perhaps not the organization — that it once was. I use the word “campaign” in the sense, more exactly, of a propaganda campaign. For WikiLeaks’s “Collateral Murder” bears all the markings of precisely that.

Once upon a time, however, WikiLeaks did exactly what its name implies. It provided a seemingly equal opportunity platform for leaks of classified materials of all sorts and from a variety of sources. Perhaps the biggest genuine scoop produced by the old WikiLeaks involved the publication in November 2008 of what was identified as a list of IP address ranges assigned by the German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom to the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, under a disguised domain name.

For more on the “Strange Career of Wikileaks,” see my new article on weeklystandard.com here.

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