Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer and contributing editor at Salon, said today that secrecy is a “religion” of governments. The consent for such secrecy by the masses is a faithful example of conscientious ignorance, but a free society is no institution is immune to scrutiny and WikiLeaks, a site for whistleblowers to confidentially shed light on institutional secrets, is a crucial barrier between freedom and slavery.
Earlier this month, the site’s heroic founder, Julian Assange, spoke with TED.com’s Chris Anderson about the vital role his site has to play in society, the organization’s methods, the line between legitimate and illegitimate secrecy (19:34):
WikiLeaks released over 90,000 previously unreleased U.S. military documents to The New York Times, the London Guardian and Der Spiegel recording the war in Afghanistan from 2004-09, the three publications reported Sunday evening. We’ll write more about them as we come through logs ourselves and the hard-working journalists continue to post analysis. No one has gone through the tens of thousands of documents and it’s all information-overload at the moment due to the last 24 hours.
There’s a lot of talk as to what the leak ‘means’—some valid, some narrow but most has been premature. There’s some really great work out there and we’ll see how analysts and journalists approach it and make an attempt to fill in a blank somewhere.
What should be uncontroversial is that Mr. Assage is a true hero and only villains call him otherwise.