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British authorities arrested Australian Julian Assange today. Assange founded WikiLeaks, the organization that has published American secrets. And many journalists have worked with Assange and WikiLeaks over the years.
I honorably served as a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2004-2012. I deployed to Iraq during 2009-2010. Assange, WikiLeaks, and the journalists who backed them did not help U.S. war efforts during this time.
So guess what I think about them.
Assange and WikiLeaks came to major prominence after they colluded with Espionage Act convict Bradley Manning, who stole American secrets. Journalists published the secrets that Manning stole and gave to WikiLeaks.
The U.S. government did damage assessments on this intelligence theft. And it released a declassified version of one such report. There are a variety of interesting things in said report, including what is noted on Adobe page 29.
That particular page lists Al Jazeera English, RT, Reuters, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, and CNN as being among the prominent journalism outlets that covered a WikiLeaks press conference at the National Press Club. The government report summarizes the reaction of such outlets thusly:
“Coverage of the event in the mainstream media was largely unfavorable towards the U.S. position in this incident.”
So as people talk about government authorities arresting Assange today, remember that journalists and the organizations that employ them mainstreamed and legitimized him.
And then start asking yourself some tough questions with those facts in mind.