"The government has built a national security and intelligence system so big, so complex and so hard to manage; no one really knows if it's fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping its citizens safe."
These were the opening lines of the Washington Post’s Top Secret America
report published last week. The report used anonymous sources and leaked classified material to lift the lid on the true extent of America’s spy game. Today the world looks on as Wikileaks
, the infamous whistleblowing website, the New York Times and the Guardian release the Afghan War Diary
, a document of raw intelligence calculated to leave military officials furious. It seems that for all the secrecy, laws and paranoia, old fashioned whistleblowing will never be laid to rest.
In an interview with TED
Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, explains why he feels it is right to encourage the leaking of secret information. He maintains that the more money an organisation spends on trying to conceal information, the more good it is likely to do if leaked. For Assange, leaked intelligence reveals the true state of governments, their human rights abuses, and their activities, it’s what the ‘history of journalism is’.
On the media’s role in making information available to the public, Assange maintains that “the rest of the world's media is doing such a bad job that a little group of activists is able to release more of that type of information [classified documents] than the rest of the world press combined.”
That sounds like a challenge to us Julian! In the spirit of free speech we vow to leak all classified information that comes into our hands, protecting our sources of course.
First one to release screen shots of Cameron’s inbox wins our undying respect.