Now there have been several resignations from Wikileaks due to the procedure that its founder Julian Assange has taken to release even more documents on 18th October, this time related to Iraq. The reason being given for the resignations is that not enough time is being given to redact the names of US collaborators and informants in Iraq. The proposed leaks next month are being released this time in collaboration with TV stations, and the production of documentaries.
One of the allegations made against Wikileaks in July by The White House and The Pentagon and others was that the release of the documents relating to Afghanistan risked national security. This raised the fears that access to the internet was going to be restricted.
The Afghan documents numbered approximately 70000.
The Iraqi documents number 500000!
And they are being released in collaboration with TV stations and many more newspaper media.
This rush to 'leak' these documents on such a lrage scale with the names of so many collaborators and informers for all to see will give The White House and The Pentagon even more ammo to clamp down on the internet, citing "national security".
Wikileaks should leak the documents, but on its own, without the aid of Mockingbird media who can use the data for their own purpose as they did in July, and with the names of all collaborators and informers redacted. If this means a delay then so what. They don't have to be leaked all at once. They can easily be released in batches, causing very little or no threat to security.
ps Assange appears to be on a power trip. He told one former employee who accused Assange of being an "emperor",
I am the heart and soul of this organization, its founder, philosopher, spokesperson, original coder, organizer, financier and all the rest, if you have a problem with me, piss off.
Unpublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal WikiLeaks Revolt
A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October release of 392,000 classified U.S. documents from the war in Iraq, according to former WikiLeaks staffers.
Key members of WikiLeaks were angered to learn last month that Assange had secretly provided media outlets with embargoed access to the vast database, under an arrangement similar to the one WikiLeaks made with three newspapers that released documents from the Afghanistan war in July. WikiLeaks is set to release the Iraq trove on Oct. 18, according to ex-staffers — far too early, in the view of some of them, to properly redact the names of U.S. collaborators and informants in Iraq.
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