Amy Goodman over at Democracy Now! interviewed Julian Assange today. They talked about WikiLeaks most recent publication of the Afghan War Diaries – US Regular Army operational reports where casualties were involved, from 2004 through 2009.
Also, Jay Rosen had a great analysis of how WikiLeaks, a “stateless” news organisation, has changed the role of media outlets in journalism.
In the Notes on the Law section of “Personal Account – Earth: Blogging and the Emergence of DotCommunism” (2005) I wrote:
REDEFINE AND REFORM CLASSIFICATION AND RELEASE OF INTELLIGENCE
There must be a complete rethinking, and reformulation of the now wholly Executive function as it pertains to assigning national security classification status to intelligence information, and the manner in which it becomes available to the Congress, and to the People of the republic, the defense of whom is that information’s purpose.
The People themselves must have a more direct hand in oversight, and in making any necessary redactions, without having to depend on a Congress which must depend on large cash donors, many of them corporations, trade groups, unions, and other “special interests” to raise enough money to keep their jobs.
Julian Assange and his Colleagues at WikiLeaks have accomplished what I was describing here. And the entire World owes him a very large debt of gratitude for this.
On behalf of myself and no one in particular, “Thank You, WikiLeaks.”