January 6, 2011

A fascinating story in Vanity Fair on Julian Assange and Wikileaks and the Guardian and ethics in journalism. Here’s the gist:

Assange’s position was rife with ironies. An unwavering advocate of full, unfettered disclosure of primary-source material, Assange was now seeking to keep highly sensitive information from reaching a broader audience. He had become the victim of his own methods: someone at WikiLeaks, where there was no shortage of disgruntled volunteers, had leaked the last big segment of the documents, and they ended up at The Guardian in such a way that the paper was released from its previous agreement with Assange—that The Guardian would publish its stories only when Assange gave his permission. Enraged that he had lost control, Assange unleashed his threat, arguing that he owned the information and had a financial interest in how and when it was released.

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Assignment: groundbreaking for new NSA facility.

Assignment: guy in a bike shop.

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No run ins with any GAMs today. All good. I started to read a book. It’s not out yet. It’s good. I’ll tell you more about it later. I guess that’s all I’ve got to say.

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