More of the Same (Documents)? WikiLeaks Quizzical Counter-Attack
In the wake of its most recent release of US classified documents, WikiLeaks lost its domain name (though the website is still accessible via its IP address), Amazon kicked it off their cloud servicer and WikiLeaks lost a cash flow source when Paypal discontinued its account. Meanwhile, Sweden’s highest court cleared the way for the issuance of an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on unrelated assault charges.
In response to this tightening of the perimeter around himself and his website, Mr. Assange has reminded everyone of his “insurance” file of additional documents, available for download since July and only requiring a password to unlock and purportedly trigger
a new deluge of state and commercial secrets. …
Other documents that Assange is confirmed to possess include an aerial video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed civilians, BP files and Bank of America documents.
Mr. Assange reconfirmed this week that he would provide the password to unlock this (additional) Pandora’s file in the event anything untoward happens either to the website or to himself.
Certainly, it’s understandable for someone in his position to prepare a booby trap defense. And, naturally, he’s going to build it out of the materials that he has on hand.
But that is also the obvious weakness of the trap. Are we truly to believe that these “insurance” documents, terrible as they may be, would not have been released in due course, anyway, by the anarchistic, narcissistic Mr. Assange? Isn’t it a somewhat ineffectual defense to threaten someone with the cudgel that you’ve been hitting them with all along?